Mavatha, the winter rains which lash Madhya Pradesh every year, dampened New Year celebrations in several parts of the state and cut short outdoor revelry on Thursday.
According to the Met office in Indore, rains and cold winds combined to push the city’s day temperatures to unusual low on New Year day.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 15.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday which was 11 degrees below normal.
The cold wave sweeping Indore and surrounding areas continued unabated as intermittent and brisk spells of rains lashed city on Thursday accompanied by chilly winds.
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The sky remained overcast and scattered rains occurred in several parts of the city.
The winter rains known as Mavatha is considered good for rabi crops but agriculture experts said that more rains will damage wheat, gram, pulses and vegetables.
Assistant meteorologist RR Tripathi, however, said the rains will subside by Friday afternoon as the western disturbance and upper air cyclonic circulation prevailing over central India will weaken by then.
Life was also thrown out of gear by light to moderate showers in Bhopal right from the morning. There had been intermittent rain on the previous day too, taking the sheen off New Year festivities. The state capital recorded rainfall of 16.2 mm on Thursday.
Several other parts of the state also witnessed heavy rainfall on Thursday.
Betul recorded highest rainfall of 55.5 mm in the state. Besides, Agar, Burhanpur and Dewas recorded 54 mm, 53 mm and 47 mm rainfall respectively.
The lowest temperature of the state was recorded in Shivpuri with 3 degree Celsius.