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March 31, 2018


Mercury dips to 34.8°C after heavy showers; city will stay cool for some days

The city received a good amount of rainfall on Friday evening with hailstorms in several parts. The showers have brought the temperature down to 34.8 degree Celsius.

The Met department says pre-monsoon showers are always an indication of the formation of clouds and rainfall with thunderstorms. The rainfall recorded was 0.4mm and the highest was recorded in HAL station, where it was 4.3mm.

The Met department officials said the city will witness cooler weather for the next three-four days. Srinivas Reddy, director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cenre (KSNDMC), said, “These are pre-monsoon showers. The rainfall that the city is receiving from past two days is because of the active systems and there is also a trough coming from Maharashtra side.”

On Friday evening, India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) inference stated that there was a trough extending up to 1.5 km above mean sea level from south Madhya Maharashtra to Comorin areas across interior parts of Karnataka and interior Tamil Nadu persists.

However, the temperature this season has not gone above 35 degree Celsius IMD officials say. Ramesh Babu, a scientist from IMD said, “The highest temperature we witnessed around this time, was in 1996 when it had reached 37.6 degree Celsius. Last year, it was 37.1 and this year we temperature has not gone above 35 degree Celsius.”

2 flights diverted

The heavy downpour coupled with strong winds on Friday led to the diversion of two Bengaluru-bound flights to Chennai.

Due to the strong winds, the runway direction was changed at the Kempegowda International Airport and this resulted in overhead congestion.

“Owing to the strong wind, the runway direction was changed at 15.45 resulting in overhead congestions. This led to the diversion of two Bengaluru-bound Spice Jets to Chennai. Otherwise, its business as usual at the BLR Airport,” said a BIAL spokesperson.