Moderate to heavy rain and hailstorm lashed several parts of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours, affecting normal life and increasing worries for farmers whose post-harvested crops have already been destroyed due to untimely rain last month, a MeT official said.
A high intensity Western Disturbance (WD) risen from Capian sea on April 11 was though easing out initially, however, again caused moderate to heavy rain in most places in Rajasthan in the last two days, B N Vishnoi, state MeT director.
Generally the WD has been a routine weather activity but this time it was coupled with moisture received from Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea which caused rain and hailstorm in recent two months, Vishnoi said.
The southern region of Udaipur division recorded the maximum rainfall of 4 cm till 8.30 am on Monday, he said.
The current WD would be passing out soon but the rain would continue till evening in parts of the state, he said, adding, next seven days are likely to be WD-free and temperature would rise during day up to 45 degrees Celsius. A fresh WD would creep from caspian sea and hit the state when the mercury would cross 40 to 45 degrees Celsius, the director said.
In last two days, not only the mercury dipped from one to nine degrees Celsius during night, but the people experienced cold winds due to cloudy weather, he said.
Meanwhile Nawa, Udaipur-vati, Sapotra recorded the maximum rainfall of 3 cm, Srimadhopur, Roopwas, Baseri, Bayana, Bari recorded the maximum rainfall of 2 cm, while Dabhok recorded a minimum rainfall of 5.4 mm, Udaipur city 3.8, Vanasthali 2.3, Chittorgarh 2.0, and Jaipur traces.
Mercury would slowly rise in all parts of the state in next 24 hours with the passing out of WD, a forecast said. Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtely and agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh had visited Rajasthan last month after untimely rainfall.
They had assured that the central teams will visit the state so adequate compensation can be provided to farmers who have suffered extensive losses.
The state government had also forwarded a memorandum to the centre for help.