On account of the prevailing Western Disturbance which is currently over the Jammu and Kashmir region and its adjoining areas, rain and hailstorms occurred over Punjab and other states of North India yesterday. Moreover, an induced cyclonic circulation over Punjab and adjoining North Rajasthan and Haryana also fueled in the rainfall activity.
In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Wednesday, Patiala witnessed 19.2 mm of rains, Pathankot 16 mm, Chandigarh 5.3 mm and Ludhiana observed 6.8 mm of rainy spells.
On one hand, these rainy spells eased out the residents of Punjab providing them a relief from the rising temperatures, on the other hand, rain and hailstorms proved to be unfortunate for the agricultural sector of the state.
The rain accompanied with hailstorm and strong winds flattened the standing crops thereby creating a misery for the farmers across the state. As per Skymet Weather, crops like Wheat, Tomatoes, Sunflower crop and many other vegetable crops at the districts like Bishnpura, Patiala, and Fatehgarh Sahib wore the brunt of the hailstorm activity.
This is a worrisome situation for the farmers who regret that these unfortunate and untimely rains played havoc on the ready to harvest wheat crops. In addition, the rain and hailstorm during this hour of the season can hamper the grain quality as well.
However, Skymet Weather reiterates, these rains are expected to continue for another 24 hours thereafter they will gradually follow a decreasing trend. Hence, a respite after brief rainy spells is what is stored in for Punjab.
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