First winter showers lash Indore, Barwani, Ujjain

  • IMD issues orange alert; mercury plummets in many parts

Bhopal: The first winter rains occurred in some parts of south-west Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued an “orange” alert and warned that during the course of the next day, there could be heavy showers, hail, and gusty winds in many parts of the state.

With rainfall occurring in western MP, the mercury plummeted in many parts of state. In Bhopal the weather remained mainly cloudy and day temperature declined.

Rain is predicted to start on Sunday night in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, then spread to east MP on Monday, affecting the whole state. The showers will start to lessen on Tuesday.

An ‘orange’ alert has been issued by the IMD for the whole state of Madhya Pradesh, predicting 30 to 40 km/h gusts and isolated thunderstorms with lightning in the western and eastern regions of the state on Monday.

Barwani and Jhabua received showers on Sunday, while thunder and lightning was reported from the Indore and Ujjain divisions as a result of western disturbances, according to the meteorologists.

Khetia town also received its first spell of winter showers on Sunday causing chilly conditions in the entire region. Along with rains, cloud cover and lightning was also witnessed.

Reports said that the rain was coupled with intense lightning, and thunder. The morning sky was foggy and misty. Later on, darkened clouds loomed overhead in the afternoon forming an evening like ambience.

Water-logging was seen in some parts of the town due to rains. At the other end, the showers ensured most stayed inside their houses.

Temperature dips

The winter rain inundated roads in the town. As a result, the temperature is anticipated to further decrease in the wake of the ongoing rainfall. As per meteorological department, western disturbance has become active along with Arabian Sea. Additionally, a cyclonic circulation covered the central regions of north Madhya Pradesh. According to the meteorologists, all of these systems were bringing moisture into MP, which led to showers.

Due to this, there will be a period of rain, hailstorm and strong wind in the state. Winter is expected to follow till November 27.

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