Sizzling summer of 21

Bengaluru’s East and West zones record 38.7 degrees Celsius, MeT predicts hotter days ahead with a temperature of around 37 degrees Celsius

Summer in Bengaluru is likely to be hotter in the coming weeks as the weatherman predicts a steep rise in temperature. As per India Meteorological Department’s observatory, Friday recorded 36.7 degrees Celsius. IMD also predicts that the temperature will be hovering around 37 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

However, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), which has observatories across the city, witnessed a maximum temperature of 38.7 degrees Celsius on Friday. As per the KSNDMC data, the East and West zones of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been experiencing maximum temperatures at 38.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 37.6 degrees Celsius in RR Nagar, 37.5 degrees Celsius in Mahadevapura, 37.1 degrees Celsius in south zone and 36.7 degrees Celsius in the Yelahanka zone. The night temperature ranges from 19 to 21 degrees Celsius. Analysing the data, an expert said the rise in temperature is due to the depletion of green cover in the city. It is more in Yelahanka compared to the east or west zones and the slight dip in temperature is a noticeable result.

Meanwhile, Wednesday was the hottest day of this season compared to the past four years. According to IMD Bengaluru director CS Patil, Bengaluru recorded 37.2 degree Celsius on March 31. As per the statistics, Bengaluru had recorded a maximum of 36.4 degrees Celsius in April 2020, 37 degrees Celsius in 2019 and 2017 and 39.2 degrees Celsius in 2016. This year, north Karnataka is experiencing sizzling hot temperature with Raichur reporting 40 degrees Celsius, Bidar 38.2 degrees Celsius and 39 degrees Celsius in Vijayapura.


March of the hot and sunny days

Reddy said that there was no possibility of rainfall at least for the next 10 days though he said that as the temperature increased, there could be pre-monsoon rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms.

Not many takers for AC buses

Surprisingly, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which would see a rise in footfall for its air-conditioned bus services during summer, is yet to witness a steady flow of passengers. Sources in the BMTC said every year, they would see an increase in the demand for these services across the city in summer as many prefer to travel in luxury buses. However, this year, due to fear of covid, the footfall is yet to pick up. Last year, the bus services, especially the AC buses, were off the road for many weeks as operations were suspended due to the lockdown.

Mango crop takes the brunt

Meanwhile, mango growers are worried over the increase in surface temperature as they now fear that the production will be hit due to excessive heat. According to farmers from neighbouring districts, the flowers are falling on the ground due to excessive heat. Earlier, farmers had expected a bumper crop this year as mangoes have started arriving in the city markets.

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Sagar Biswas

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