Rains took a break in Indore after 13 days of downpour on Thursday, bringing cheers to farmers and residents alike.
Though the farmers had prayed for bountiful rain this season, and their prayers appear to have been answered, rainfall in the last few days had led to water logging in farms, increasing the threat of crop damage.
"Sunshine is back. It will prevent my crops from further damage," Sanver (Indore district)
farmer Dilip Singh said.
The relief was most felt in the worst affected areas such as Shajapur and Burhanpur, where farmers had to toil harder to drain away all the excess water from their land to save their crops. "Hope we have no rains for another week. Kharif crops need sunshine at this stage," said Kirit Singh Kirar, a farmer from Maxi (Shajapur district).
City residents too expressed pleasure at the sight of the sun, which had been eluding Indore for the past couple of weeks. As rainwater levels receded in low lying areas, under-parking areas and godowns, occupants began to arduous task of cleaning up all the silt and muck left behind.
The sunshine was also a welcome change for morning and evening walker. "Good weather," remarked Nihal Singh, a retired banker in Nandanbag Colony area, who was out for an evening walk after weeks.
However, clear weather is not likely to last as the local weather bureau has predicted occurrence of sporadic, light rains on Friday. The day is expected to remain cloudy.
The absence of rain increased the day temperature to normal level on Thursday. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 28.9 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was one degree below normal at 21.2 degrees Celsius.
Winds blew in from the west and south west for the most part of the day reaching speeds up to 34 kilometres an hour. Morning and evening humidity was 88% and 67% respectively.