Light rain, gloomy weather till weekend: IMD

Light rain, gloomy weather till weekend: IMD

Light rain, gloomy weather till weekend: IMD
Light intermittent showers and gloomy weather are likely to continue in Bengaluru till the weekend, in what is seen as a rare occurrence in June.

Light continuous rainfall, as seen on Wednesday, is a common phenomenon in July and August, not June, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

This is because of the formation of systems as a part of the southwest monsoon. There is an upper air cyclonic circulation over the westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast and the level of circulation is 3.6-7.6 km above mean sea level, said IMD Bengaluru director in-charge Geeta Agnihotri.

Under this influence, a low-pressure area is likely to form. There is also an offshore trough from south Gujarat to north Kerala coast. The  depression over northwest Arabian Sea has moved slowly southwards with a speed of 5 kmph during past 12 hours and weakened into a well-marked low-pressure area over northwest and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea. Under the influence of these factors, intermittent rains will continue for the next 2-3 days with a drop in temperature.

Up to 5.30 pm on Wednesday, the city received 3.5 mm rainfall, HAL airport 2.4 mm and the Kempegowda International Airport 0.2 mm. The maximum and minimum temperatures in the city were 24.8 and 20.3 degrees Celsius respectively.

The maximum and minimum temperatures at HAL airport were 24.7 and 20.2 degrees Celsius respectively and at KIAL 26.2 and 20.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The rainfall and inclement weather hit normal life, especially affecting schoolchildren and disrupting traffic across the city.

The traffic police had to deploy additional men at KR Puram, MM Temple, Outer Ring Road, Central Silk Board junction, Hosur Road, Madiwala and Yeshwantpur which witnessed congestion.

This apart, roads in and around Majestic area, Mysuru Road, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Avenue Road, BVK Iyengar Road, JC Road, Shivaji junction, City Market and Platform Road saw slow vehicular movement. The situation went out of control during the peak hour.

The traffic police also blamed potholes for the traffic situation and accused the BBMP of ignoring their requests to fill them.