Prayagraj: Tropical cyclone Tauktae has created havoc in states like Gujarat and Maharashtra, and also made its impact felt in Sangam City. Due to this cyclone, people in the city and its adjoining districts enjoyed cool and pleasant weather second day in a row on Wednesday.
Since morning, the city witnessed an overcast condition and the received sporadic to heavy rainfall at regular intervals throughout the day. Although the weather did clear for a few hours in the noon, by the evening strong winds brought back dark clouds from the South-West direction.
Because of the overcast sky, various localities of the city received heavy rainfall. Owing to these conditions, the maximum temperature of the city, as recorded by the met department of the Indian Air Force at Bamrauli, was 29.1-degree Celsius while the minimum was 24.6 degree Celsius. In the past 24 hours (calculating from 5:30pm on Tuesday), the city received 25.1 millimetre of rainfall, according to the met department.
Because of the after-effects of the cyclone, wind speed over the city reached upto 20 knots although there was no major damage to life or property in the district.
However, the sudden dip in the mercury did bring smiles on the faces of denizens, especially when the mercury was reaching around 40 degree Celcius.
“Although we were not able to go out in parks and enjoy the weather, still in mid of the corona crisis, there was something to enjoy, which was a cool breeze from west,” said Pawan Agarwal, a resident of Civil Lines.
However, the rainfall also created some problems in several localities. Waterlogging on the sides of some roads and power disruptions were the major reasons to make denizens complain.
Tropical cyclone Tauktae had made landfall in western India’s Gujarat coast on the Arabian Sea around on the night of May 17.
“The cyclone affected the weather at the Sangam city or for that matter the entire South-West side of the northern plain because of which moderate to heavy rainfall was witnessed at various areas. Although this is good for the preparations for the kharif crop, the standing crop of watermelon, muskmelon, etc., was adversely affected by the rains,” said deputy director agriculture Vinod Sharma.
Commenting on the weather conditions, professor emeritus at AU’s department of Geography, Prof HN Mishra said, “The pleasant weather is because of the tropical cyclone that had hit the western coast of our country and the conditions would continue till Thursday evening after which the the cloud cover would move towards Himalayan regions and denizens should be prepared for rise in mercury.”
He warned, “A low-pressure area is very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal on May 22 and intensify into a cyclonic storm. The system is very likely to move north-westward and reach West Bengal-Odisha coasts around May 26 and the same would have its effect in the northern plains at around May end.”