Accompanied by thunder and lightning, the first monsoon rains lashed Indore district on Monday evening bringing relief to residents, especially to the farmers who eagerly awaited its arrival after a scorching summer.
With monsoon showers on Monday, Malwa-Nimad too came under its coverage.
Monsoon rains hold great significance for the Malwa-Nimad region as 55% of its farmers depend on it to grow kharif crops including soybean, one of their biggest sources of income.
Also, rainwater fills up water bodies and is used for drinking, and domestic and industrial purposes throughout the year.
The city received moderate to heavy rainfall on the first day, even though the intermittent rain spells were brisk and short-lived.
Moisture-laden winds reaching speeds of up to 38 km/hr blew in from the south-west for most part of the day.
The sky remained cloudy throughout and dark clouds loomed on horizon in the evening, right before the showers began.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.
The minimum temperature was 21.5 degrees Celsius, also three degrees below normal.
Morning and evening humidity was 87% and 68% respectively.
The meteorological department has predicted intermittent rain spells accompanied by thunderstorms in the next 48 hours.
The department, which had earlier predicted that monsoon would reach the city after June 18, three days later than usual, confirmed its arrival on Monday saying that the weather system active in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal resulted in its early arrival.