It started raining around 3.30 pm and the rain was accompanied by heavy winds, thunder and lightning.
People were stranded on the streets and were looking for shelters, following the unexpected rain.
It rained for about an hour and the coffee planters and farmers in the region were a happy lot, as they can expect a better yield this time.
Farmers in the region were a worried lot with the irrigation pumpsets sitting idle due to interruptions in power supply.
But Thursday’s rain brought back smiles on the faces of the farmers. However, one can expect hotter days to follow, the farmers said.
People in Halebid were put to hardships as water from the stormwater drains overflowed onto the roads, as the drains were clogged with plastic and other materials.