THE STATE and the Capital got quite uncomfortable on Thursday because of the absence of rainfall from the past ten days or so, save some very mild local showers in some areas.
Although very light showers were experienced in parts of Bhopal and some parts of the State following clouding on Thursday evening, the day temperatures during the last few days were recorded in the range of 32-35 degrees and high humidity is adding to the discomfort. On Thursday too, the maximum day temperature was recorded at 31.9 degrees.
The clouding and light showers were result of local activity and probable precursor to the change in weather expected after two days. Some respite in sight for the residents of Eastern and Southern parts of the State with the Meteorological Department saying that rainfall activity might start in these parts after 48 hours.
Regional Meteorological Centre Director Dr D P Dubey said that two circulation systems – one each in Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal — have formed and would impact the weather in the State after two days.
Meanwhile, the residents would have to bear the hot and humid days and nights. The last major spell of rainfall was experienced on September 4.
Although the official date of withdrawal of monsoon from the State is around September 30, the rainfall activity is normally reduced considerably in the second fortnight of the month. However, the fresh weather systems have given hopes of another wet spell.
During the last ten days, the following maximum temperatures were recorded in capital Bhopal: September 4 – 30.5, September 5 – 29.5, September 6 – 26.9, September 7 – 30.5 and September 8 – 32.4 degrees, September 9 – 32.1, September 10 – 32.5, September 11 – 33.2, September 12 – 32.4, September 13 – 32.6 degrees and September 14 – 31.9 degrees.
4 pc excess rains in State: ALTHOUGH THERE have been no rains during the last ten days, a very wet August ensured that the average rainfall in the State still stands at four per cent excess.
The State, on an average, has received 948.3 mm of rains till September 13 as against the expected rain of 913.1 mm during this period. The 27 districts of Western MP are still showing average 21 per cent excess rains having recorded 1005.3 mm against expected 829.5 mms.
The Eastern parts have done comparatively poor with the 18 districts in this region showing a 14 per cent shortfall (875.3 mm received against expected 1020.1 mm). However since an excess or shortfall of 18 per cent is considered normal meteorologically, even Eastern MP is faring pretty well.