Brace for rain; cooler days ahead in City

After the delayed onset of winter, Bengaluru is now likely to receive rain in the next couple of days. This will bring a further drop in temperature.

There was a slight cloud cover on Monday and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is expecting rain in the next couple of days over the City and south interior Karnataka.

IMD-Bengaluru director in-charge Geeta Agnihotri said that there was an upper air cyclonic circulation over south west Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lanka coast, and it now lies over south west Bay of Bengal, off the Tamil Nadu coast. Under the influence of this system, the City will experience rainfall in the next couple of days.

Rainfall in the month of January is not an unusual phenomenon. It is not routine either. Bengaluru has recorded 1-2 cm rainfall in the last decade. The onset of winter was not only delayed this year, it has not been that cold either.

Temperatures have been hovering around a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 16, she said.

On January 1, 2010, HAL airport received 18.2 mm rainfall and on January 1, 2015, Bengaluru City recorded 7.6 mm rainfall. The highest rainfall recorded in the last 10 years in winter, in 24 hours, was on January 16, 1908 of 65.8 mm.

Geeta pointed out that this rainfall is not pre-monsoon showers and is winter rain. This rainfall will be of short duration and will have no impact on the onset of summer (likely by end of February or first week of March) and the pre-monsoon showers. This rainfall is likely to bring down the temperature.

The City on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 28.4 degree Celsius and a minimum of 16.2 degree Celsius. The maximum and minimum temperatures at HAL airport were 27.4 and 14.9 degree Celsius.  Later in the night it drizzled in some parts of the City.

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