Rains lash many parts of Goa
Parts of Goa witnessed mild to heavy showers on Friday evening, as high 37 degree Celsius plus temperatures accompanied by high humidity added to the stifling heat in the state. There has been no respite from soaring temperatures since the beginning of March.
Cloud cover was witnessed over parts of the state including the capital before the skies opened over Sanguem, drenching the parched land and dusty streets providing a modicum of relief to people.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department the high temperatures, which were seven degrees above normal, was due to the easterlies and south easterlies that were blowing into Goa.
Easterlies blow from the East over hot dry land Indian peninsula raising temperatures Goa. Much of central India is suffering from a severe drought.
The hot and humid conditions are expected to continue for around a week with there being no signs of the inclement weather subsiding. The high temperatures were coupled with increased humidity.
SANGUEM: Many parts of Sanguem taluka, particularly the hinterland areas of Kalay, Uguem, Bhati, Neturlim and Wadem, received heavy rainfall accompanied with thunder and stormy winds on Friday evening.
The sudden rain caught many people unaware and people were seen hurrying for shelter and running to cover firewood and other household items. The rain reportedly lashed for about an hour.
Lightning was also reported to have struck at a couple of places, but no damages are reported from any quarters.
A huge tree reportedly fell across the main road at Bhati, affecting traffic for some time. However, the fire brigade personnel attached to Curchorem Fire Cell cleared the tree and the traffic was restored. [H]