The much sought after rain finally lashed Amritsar, Pathankot and nearby areas on Friday morning, offering respite from heat and humidity and breaking the prolonged dry spell partially.
Residents and agriculturists hailed the showers that splattered the city this morning, but longed for more when the rain ceased after a few hours.
The city woke up to an overcast sky and was pleasantly surprised with the rains that followed.
Pathankot also received rain for around three hours.
"For long, the clouds were coming only to teas us and used to disappear after a few hours without any rain. It was a disappointing phase. Finally, it has rained," said Meenakshi, a resident.
However, as usual, the rainfall caused waterlogging in several areas. There were reports of flooded roads and commuters were seen plying their vehicles through the water that had accumulated on the roads.
Municipal commissioner Dharampal Gupta said the civic body was doing its best to de-silt the sewers. "We are doing everything possible to ensure that the city's roads do not get inundated when it rains."
The rain made farmers, who were worried about saving their crops from diseases, happy as well. "Today's rain, though sparse, is beneficial for crops like sugarcane, fodder and paddy. It will go a long way in restoring the much-needed nutrients to the soil, besides preventing the formation of leaf folder, which forms during the extreme hot conditions," said Dilbagh Singh Dhanju, chief agriculture officer.
Reportedly, a number of farmers had started administering fertilisers to their crops to prevent the onset of diseases caused by pests like leaf folder.
Dhanju urged the farmers to abstain from unnecessary use of fertilisers and pesticides and advised them to contact the local agriculture staff for guidance.