It rains in City, but no dip in mercury

After bright sunshine on Thursday, many parts of Bangalore received rainfall on Friday. But the showers did not reduce the rising mercury levels. 

In fact, the maximum temperature in the City on Friday was 35.4 degrees Celsius, more than the 34.6 degrees Celsius recorded on Thursday. 

More rainfall is expected in the City and all over Karnataka in the next three days because of an upper air trough from central Maharashtra to southern Tamil Nadu and across interior Karnataka and Tamil Nadu extending up to 1.5 km above sea level, according to the director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), B Puttanna. 

On Thursday, it was 0.9 km above sea level. This will continue for the next few days and Bangalore will receive rainfall along with squally wind. 

While the IMD radars did not record any rainfall till 5.30 pm, many areas of Bangalore — especially in southern and western parts — received rainfall. 

Heavy rain ahead

The City has received 14.6 mm rainfall since April 1, 2014, against the total normal amount of 44 mm. But in the last two years, 13 and 12 mm of rainfall had been recorded respectively. 

Puttanna, however, said heavy rainfall was expected in April as temperature patterns would fluctuate. 

He further said the rise in temperature in Bangalore on Friday was because cloud formation occurred only in the afternoon but until then the temperature had already increased. But once rainfall occurs, temperature will drop. Wind pattern will also get affected. 

Also, for the first time, temperature dropped in north Karnataka. Gulbarga recorded a drop of six degrees Celsius on Friday. The maximum temperature in Gulbarga was 34 degrees Celsius while it was 39 degrees Celsius in Raichur. 

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