Brisk spells of pre-monsoon rains lashed Indore on Thursday evening which turned the weather cool as moisture-laden winds blew from Arabian sea gaining a maximum speed of 66 kilometres an hour.
Hail and thunderstorms occurred in the city outskirts and surrounding areas. Indore received 2.6 milimetres of rain from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Thursday.
Winds uprooted tree branches, small hoardings, posters and tents pitched to hold events and functions. It also caused power cuts as transformers burst and hairline cracks appeared in supply lines.
Rains were accompanied by thunder and lightning. Indore recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius which was two degrees below normal. The minimum temperature at 21 degrees Celsius was two degrees below normal. Winds blew from west and south-west for most part of the day. Morning and evening humidity was 47% and 53% respectively.
The meteorological department has predicted occurrence of hailstorm at isolated places in Indore, Khandwa, Ujjain, Dhar, Agar, Burhanpur in the next 24 hours. Department regional head Anupam Kashyapi said thunderstorms may also occur in Malwa-Nimad in the next 24 hours.
The weather will remain cloudy for the next two days after which moisture incursion will deplete and temperatures will rise.