Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bangalore will only get wetter and colder now

Bangalore will only get wetter and colder now

IMD forecasts more rain, which could solve city's water and power woes

Bosky Khanna. Bangalore

Bangaloreans, it's time to get your woollen and rain gears out, as the city will receive heavy rainfall and the mercury will drop further over the next two days.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rainfall of up to 6cm in the city and most parts of south interior Karnataka, accompanied by strong winds over the next few days.
Speaking to DNA, IMD-Bangalore director, B Puttanna, said that the temperature was below normal not just in the city, but across the state. "This is a normal phenomenon during monsoons as the thick cloud cover and strong winds lower temperature," he said.
The maximum normal temperature for Bangalore is 30 degree Celsius. However, on Monday, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 27 degree Celsius, and 27.3 degree Celsius at the HAL Airport. The minimum temperature was recorded at 20.8 degree Celsius in the city areas, while the HAL Airport recorded 20.5 degree Celsius.
Bangalore received 13.4mm rainfall in the city on Monday, while the HAL Airport sector recorded 5mm of rainfall, up to 5.30 pm.
On Sunday last, the maximum temperature in the city was 26 degree Celsius, and the HAL Airport recorded 27 degree Celsius.
IMD has warned that the temperatures would further dip in the coming days as the city and most parts of south-interior Karnataka would receive rainfall up to 6cm, coupled with strong winds. The monsoon set in the state on June 5 and by Monday, had covered the entire state under thick clouds.
It may be noted that this rainfall is important in agriculture as it aides crop cultivation.
Puttanna said that the present climatic conditions were favourable for monsoon showers to prevail. "We have forecast thunder showers in most parts of Karnataka. There is a possibility of the state receiving heavy rainfall, which could help solve the water crisis and other issues here," he said.


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