The heavy rainfall and thunderstorms which lashed across the city for at least two hours on Friday, brought Hyderabad to a standstill. Many trees were uprooted and there were power disruptions reported at several places.
The city recorded the maximum rainfall of 52.5mm (5cm) in Khairtabad followed by Nampally at 38.5mm (3cm).
Rains lashed from 8pm to 10pm leading to traffic jams in several areas. Motorists were wading through knee-deep water at Model House, Khairtabad, Rajendra Nagar, Banjara Hills road no. 12, reported Times of India.
According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Saidabad and Asmanghad received 32mm of rain, Khairatabad’s Srinagarcolony 31.3mm, while Ameerpet and Maitrivanam got 26.5mm.
Hailstorms were also reported at Trimulgherry, Yapral, Suchitra and Bowenpally, according to Deccan Chronicle.
The IMD scientists couldn’t record the places which witnessed hailstorm, as the department is not equipped with devices that could do so.
The IMD scientists stated that the reason for the unseasonal rainfall was cumulonimbus clouds.
Cumulonimbus clouds are commonly known as thunderclouds that can produce hail, thunder and lightning. They are born through convection often growing from small cumulus clouds over a hot surface, and also form along cold fronts as a result of forced convection, where milder air is forced to rise over the incoming cold air.
In a bid to ease the traffic, the city municipality had pressed into service emergency relief teams to remove the uprooted trees and clear the waterlogging.
Meanwhile, the IMD has also issued a weather warning for the next two days, stating that thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds are likely to occur at isolated places across Telangana.
On Friday, the maximum temperature in Hyderabad was recorded at 37 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature was recorded at 24.7 degrees.
In Telangana, the highest temperature was recorded in Adilabad at 41 degrees Celsius, followed by Nizamabad at 40 degrees.