NASHIK: Much needed rains, though unseasonal, brought some relief to Nashikites yesterday from the scorching heat. The pre-monsoon showers however damaged farm lands and standing crops in some parts of the district.
The rains with thunderstorm and hailstorm, arrived after 3.30 pm, lashing adjoining talukas of Sinnar, Niphad, Dindori and Trimbakeshwar too besides Nashik yesterday. Trimbakeshwar taluka witnessed hailstorm, while strong winds blew away metal roofs in Sinnar.
Other city areas of New Nashik, Adgaon and Nashik Road besides Nashik witnessed rains in the evening around 6.00 pm disrupting power supply and also traffic due to collapse in signal system in the vicinity of Mahatmanagar, College Road, Gangapur Road, MG Road and Main Road. The power supply, however, was restored after half an hour.
It is believed that pre-monsoon showers in Rohini Nakshatra which commenced on Thursday (May 11) causes damage and is harmful.
The Pune IMD has predicted unseasonal rainfall for the next 3-4 days in some parts of central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha with some parts witnessing heavy showers coupled with thunderstorm and stormy winds.
Since many days, the temperature in many parts of the state was hovering around 40-45 degrees Celsius. In Nashik, the temperature fell from Friday’s 41.2 degree Celsius to 40.0 degree C yesterday.
In Vidarbha region, intense heat wave is predicted on May 15 and 16. The maximum temperature was recorded in Akola in the state at 45.0 degree Celsius yesterday, followed by Nagpur 44, Jalgaon 43, Malegaon 43, Nashik 40 and Pune 40 degrees Celsius, according to Pune IMD.