Rain, hail hit Capital

A BOUT of heavy rains accompanied by hailstorm hit the Capital this afternoon sending people scurrying for cover and turning the weather stuffy for the rest of the evening.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:38 IST

A BOUT of heavy rains accompanied by hailstorm hit the Capital this afternoon sending people scurrying for cover and turning the weather stuffy for the rest of the evening. Although a cloud cover prevailed over the City sky since morning the intensity and suddenness of the rain and hailstorm caught people by surprise during afternoon.

As much as 17.1 mms of rains was recorded within a period of half hour at the airport (Bairagarh) while in the City 10.2 mms of rains was recorded during this period. Big chunks of hail accompanied the first few minutes of rains. The met office recorded hail pieces of the size of 5 mms.

The rains lasted for about half hour but owing to its intensity managed to drench citizens who were caught in the open within minutes and created puddles of water on several roads and low lying places.

The rains brought down the maximum day temperature in the City, which was recorded at 36.0 degree Celsius, a good two degrees below normal and also two degrees less than the temperature recorded on Sunday. However, the rains led to increase in humidity and as the velocity of winds decreased the weather became cool but stuffy towards evening.

Rainfall was experienced almost over the entire State, mainly in Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal divisions, but the highest amount was recorded at Bhopal, other parts recording only trace rains. Hailstorm also was experienced at some places, mainly Sagar.

Gwalior also recorded rains during the day. The met office has said that similar weather conditions – meaning rains and thundershowers and at some places hailstorm- are expected during the next 48 hours.

Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Dr D P Dubey said rains, thundershowers and high velocity winds were an effect of a western disturbances that has moved from over proper Rajasthan to Eastern Rajasthan and adjoining North West Madhya Pradesh.

Under its influence, the entire State is experience the change in weather. This system is moving towards Uttar Pradesh but would impact weather conditions in the State during the next 48 hours, the director said. He said the system would bring more rains with accompanying thundershowers.

Hailstorm might not be expected much because the weather conditions are quite warm. As for the hailstorm today in the City, Dubey said that severe clouding led to lowering of temperatures in upper reaches and converted raindrops into hail pieces.

The weather has impacted temperatures across State, bringing about a drop in day temperatures. Indore recorded maximum of 37.0 degrees Celsius, Gwalior – 39.1 degrees Celsius and Jabalpur – 33.8 degrees Celsius. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in the City is expected to be around 37 degrees Celsius.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 13:06 IST