Nagpur: Light showers since Thursday late night brought the climbing temperature down in Nagpur and other cities of Vidarbha including Bhandara, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Wardha and other towns. The intermittent drizzles continued for most of Friday as well.
The air in Nagpur turned pleasant as cloudy weather and light showers provided relief from the climbing temperature since the past week. The showers could affect gram and wheat crops in the region, according to experts. As forecast by Skymet Weather, rains finally appeared over parts of Vidarbha. Though the intensity of these showers was light, they were no less than a boon for the entire state, which was reeling under hot weather and soaring mercury levels.
The ‘unexpected’ showers marred the third day’s play in the cricket match between Rest of India and Ranji champion Vidarbha being played at VCA’s Jamtha Stadium.
Vidarbha and Marathwada were witnessing above normal temperatures for the last couple of days. However, with the recent rain, the mercury levels that were soaring in the higher 30s, finally rested in the lower or mid-30s. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Thursday, Yavatmal recorded 5 mm of rains, Brahmapuri 2 mm, Nagpur, Gondia and Parbhani recorded 1 mm of rains each. While Amravati, Akola, and Buldhana witnessed some traces of rain. The cloudy weather is expected to continue over Vidarbha and Marathwada regions with the possibility of scattered light to moderate rains over both the regions for the next 24 hours. Temperatures may drop further, and the day would become slightly comfortable.
From March 17 onward, the weather would start clearing up leading to the prevalence of dry and warm weather again. In view of rainfall & hailstorm, farmers are advised to store the harvested produce and harvest matured fruits like Orange, Mosambi, Grapes, and Pomegranate at a safe place. Farmers are also recommended to take care of Ambe Bahar Mango, Pomegranate and Citrus as cloudy weather & rainfall may damage the fruit and inflorescence. If necessary, they should also irrigate summer crops and orchards, the Met office said.