A HEAVY downpour accompanied by hailstorm lashed some parts of the City late on Friday night, catching citizens unawares.
The showers were preceded by thunderstorm activity. There were no indications of a sudden change in the weather during the day as it was quite sunny and warm.
However, partial clouds started gathering in the evening and by 9.30 pm there was a thunderstorm. Sudden heavy rains lashed some areas in old Bhopal while the intensity was less in other parts. In some areas the rain was so heavy that roads, especially the VIP Road, was inundated in no time. Hailstorm was experienced in some parts for a short while.
The thunderstorm and rain were caused by the western disturbance that exists over Pakistan and adjoining areas. Late night commuters, motorists and pedestrians, faced a tough time. The downpour played spoilsport for weddings.