Rain,hail lash Amreli,mercury dips in state

Amreli district got gushes of rain and hail on Thursday evening as westerly winds continued to bring clouds from the Arabian Sea over much of Gujarat,lowering temperatures in almost all regions.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 19, 2013 5:05 am

Amreli district got gushes of rain and hail on Thursday evening as westerly winds continued to bring clouds from the Arabian Sea over much of Gujarat,lowering temperatures in almost all regions.

“The drop in maximum temperature is caused by the cloud cover,” explained Jayanta Sarkar,head of the Indian Meteorological Department.

A day after lashing Gondal and nearby villages in Rajkot,widespread showers fell in the neighbouring Amreli district. Heavy rain and hailstorms were reported in Rajula and Dhari taluka while a light drizzle fell over Amreli late in the evening. It rained heavily in Chalala,Liliya,Chavand and other villages.

Meanwhile,the Meteorological Centre in Ahmedabad forecast further drop in the maximum temperature of most of the state’s non-coastal cities for the next two days. It expects cloudy weather to persist at least till the end of the upcoming weekend.

The only city not to have benefited from the cloud cover so far has been Rajkot where temperatures rose two degree Celsius above normal at 40.3,making it the hottest city in the past two days. The temperature,however,is expected to drop slightly there as well,touching a week-long low of 37 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Monday as clouds continue to cover the area.

Surat,on the other hand,has seen a six degree drop below normal in maximum temperature (which stood at 31.2 degrees on Thursday) due to the cloud cover,but the city is expected to get warmer and experience maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius by Monday.

Ahmedabad too experienced a drop in maximum temperatures at 38 degrees Thursday (which is 2 degrees below normal). The city’s temperature is expected to drop further and peak again over the weekend.

Both Bhuj (38 degrees) and Vadodara (37 degrees) have been experiencing two degrees below normal temperatures since Wednesday. Both will see further drops in maximum temperature till Saturday after which Vadodara’s is expected to rise again while Bhuj will continue to get cooler.

Among the towns,Dwarka in Jamnagar and Veraval in Junagadh saw no rise or drop in maximum temperature in spite of the cloud cover. In Dwarka,however,the temperature may drop slightly over the weekend.

Idar,Gujarat’s hottest town,saw the temperature climb to 39 degrees Celsius. It may get cooler by two degrees in the next two days. Naliya,Gujarat’s coldest town,has seen the temperature remaining below normal at 33 degrees Celsius. But it will rise by the beginning of the next week.

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