Social media said it was 40 o C, IMD kept it lower

Social media said it was 40 o C, IMD kept it lower

Social media  said it was 40 o  C, IMD kept it lower

As mobile phones and pages of various social media sites were flooded with news that Bengaluru city recorded the highest-ever temperature of the century (40 degree Celsius) on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the maximum temperature in the city was 37.2 Degree Celsius. The maximum temperature at the HAL Airport and the Kempegowda International Airport was 36.7 degree Celsius and 37.7 degree Celsius, respectively.

An IMD official said it had become an annual affair that satellite images show a different weather reading, while the ambient weather temperature is different. It is up to people to chose which temperature they want to believe.

“We record temperatures by using mercury thermometers stationed at three locations in the city. The temperatures can vary at different locations of the same atmospheric level by 1-2 degree Celsius, but it cannot be 40 degree Celsius. Satellite readings of temperatures are different from surface temperatures. The present temperatures in the city are three degrees above normal,” the official said.

The official said that the city had recorded an all-time high of 38.3 degree Celsius for the month of April in 1931. The other record temperatures have been 37.6 degree Celsius on April 12, 2010 and 37.5 degree Celsius on April 25, 2012.

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