Rain chokes City roads, commuters scramble

Rain chokes City roads, commuters scramble

Fresh showers throughout Thursday brought the City to a near standstill as commuters, especially students and office goers had a horrid time getting to their destination.

Several areas witnessed traffic jams owing to slow movement of vehicles at junctions. Many people junked their two wheelers and opted for auto rickshaws and taxis instead. However, no rain-related damage was reported.

The Met department has predicted a fresh spell of rain and the mercury may dip slightly over the next two days, a situation similar to what the people of the City experienced on Thursday.

The City received 14.8 mm of rainfall on Thursday and near HAL airport , 11.4 mm of rainfall was recorded. The maximum temperature was 23.5 degrees, four degrees below normal. As per Met officials, the change in weather condition is due to a low pressure in the Gulf of Mannar leading to rainfall in coastal Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, associated with upper cyclonic circulation extending up to 4.2 km above the sea level.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, India Meteorological Department Director (Bengaluru) B Puttanna, said: “Over the next two days, south Karnataka will get more rain at many places while the northern part will receive scattered rain. The intensity of rain will be moderate to heavy and there is a warning of heavy rainfall in south interior Karnataka districts such as Kolar and Chikkaballapur. In Bengaluru, there will be a few spells of rain over the next 24 hours resulting in a dip in temperature.”

The winter chill is expected to set in over the next few days. This season, the City has received adequate rainfall and the present rain is over and above normal for the  October-November period.

He said once the “rain subsides, the day temperature will increase and the night temperature will fall by one or two degrees below normal.”

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