Bhopal Brief spells of light to moderate rain lashed Bhopal for intermittently on Saturday.
Many people said the monsoon had finally arrived. However, these are actually pre-monsoon showers. The pre-monsoon season is also called mango showers or summer rain. There are characterised by squally winds, i.e., they come with sudden, sharp winds that last for a long time and occur during the rain, and thunderstorms. They also bring with them heat and humidity in the day and night.
The rains are sharp and intense but go away, after one downpour. The rains are usually patchy. The showers that greeted city on Saturday are an example of that.
Pre-monsoon showers bring short-term relief from heat. According to weatherman, the weather conditions would prevail for the next two to three days but later the temperatures would increase.
On Saturday, several regions witnessed rainfall. Raisen recorded 24 mm of rainfall, Jabalpur recorded 7 mm of rainfall, Satna 5mm of rainfall, Ujjain 2 mm of rainfall and Sidhi 1 mm of rainfall.
In past 24 hours Chanderi recorded highest rainfall at 4 cm of rainfall, Ishagarh recorded 3 cm of rainfall, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Mungawali, Maihar, Bakswaha, Amarkantak, Pushparajgarh, Ashok Nagar recorded 2 cm of rainfall and Jabalpur, Hata, Kolaras, Katni, Bichiya and Dindori recorded 1 cm of rainfall.
The sudden rainfall brought a big smile on the faces of people and it also brought down the temperature. People enjoyed the rainfall activity and hoped that now the days of sweltering heat are over.
Weather department said that rains are part of pre monsoon activities and now there is no heat wave or severe heat wave in any part of the state. The rainfall activities are likely to rise in state. Weather Department told that rainfall activities are likely to continue in same manner and they are part of pre monsoon activities. In other words, pre monsoon activities have gained momentum due to moisture content coming from Cyclone existing in Gujarat. Now there is no heat or heat wave in State.