Hyderabad: The twin cities witnessed heavy downpour on Friday evening. Flash rains accompanied by high-intensity wind were reported in the north, west, and central corridors of Hyderabad. Hitech city and its surrounding areas recorded the highest quantum of rainfall, while several areas reported water clogging and fallen trees. The wind intensity was very high and it brought down a hoarding at Prashanthnagar, which led to the suspension of the Metro rail service during busy metro hours.
The sudden change in the weather is due to a trough that has formed from Bihar to Karnataka and is passing through Telangana. The weather department has issued a thunderstorm warning for the state which will continue till Saturday.
Weather expert Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet, said, “There is a trough (depression) prevailing between Bihar and Karnataka. The trough has caused rainfall in many districts in Karnataka and is currently passing through Jharkhand and Telangana, owing to which it rained in Telangana. Additionally, the Bay of Bengal is feeding moisture to the trough and causing rainfall in the summer. Telangana may witness a thunderstorm on Saturday as well, and isolated areas may witness heavy rainfall. The trough will move to coastal Andhra Pradesh next and the districts in the coast are likely to witness rainfall.
“A thunderstorm is considered to be a usual phenomenon during peak summer. When temperatures rise in the presence of moisture, this gives rise to Cumulonimbus clouds which cause thunderstorms. These clouds which usually form at high altitudes cause flash rains i.e. heavy rainfall for a short period,” he said.
While rainfall was reported across districts, Nirmal received the highest quantum of rainfall.
A warning has been issued for the state that a thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds & lightning is very likely to occur at isolated locations in the districts of Nirmal, Nizamabad, Medak, and Hyderabad, among others.
The city is likely to see rain or thundershowers on Saturday towards the evening or at night....