Several parts of UP on Tuesday witnessed light to heavy showers accompanied by hailstorm disrupting normal life. Maximum temperature continued to be five to six degrees below the normal all over the State.
And things are not going to stop here. Weatherman has forecast 'generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain/thunder-showers' in the next 24 hours in the State.
Two more deaths were reported in rain-related incidents in the state, taking the toll to 21 in the past three days.
One person was killed after being struck by lightning in Jaunpur district while another person was killed in Barabanki district following a wall collapse, official sources said.
Lucknow and several other parts of the State had hailstorm for full 15 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The intensity and volume of the storm was such that within minutes roads, lawns, terraces turned white with ice crystals.
Darkness descended at 3 pm indicating what was in store. The rain immediately brought hail along.It brought traffic to a grinding halt as visibility turned very low.
“There has been widespread rains and hail across the State, but we do not have exact statistics at the moment,” said weatherman.
“There has already been too much of moisture over UP from Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the past few days. It does not look like the sky would clear up. Systems are getting formed and Tuesday's precipitation happened under the influence of an existing Western Disturbance and then Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation over Punjab and another over Haryana. The system over Haryana is also touching a trough passing by. And also there is an Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation over South East UP,” said weatherman.
Weatherman said now there may be a cause for worry for farmers as the precipitation was turning out to be in excess for crops. Already, there had been reports about damage to potato, pulses and oil seed crops. Even wheat growers, who had been smiling because of rains in the past few day, were having tense moments as damage was feared to the crops in all the areas which received hailstorm.
Agra witnessed unprecedented hailstorm with roads and housetops covered with a thick sheet of ice balls.
Road traffic and telecommunication systems were disrupted in some parts of the state, sources said.
Telecommunication was badly affected in Farrukhabad where hundreds of telephones went out of order when lightning struck a telephone exchange last night, they said.