It is still winter season in Bengaluru as per the weatherman’s calendar. But the scenario in the garden city of India is quite different from the expected. Bengaluru has already started experiencing the onset of summer heat with this year’s February being the hottest in the decade. Does that mean that summer is going to be unbearable this year for the Bangaloreans?
Hottest February In Decade
At the start of February’s last week this year, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 35.5°C. It is the highest recorded temperature in Bengaluru in a decade. In 2016 and 2017 as well the temperature reached 35.5°C but not in February. Just a day to go and the meteorological department is expecting the temperature to soar further.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) record reveals that the highest temperature in February was recorded in 2005 when on February 17, the temperature touched 35.9°C. Having such a high temperature during the months of March, April, and May is quite natural because these are the hottest months in Bengaluru and in most of the parts of this subcontinent.
The Temperature Will Rise Further
According to IMD, a prolonged dry spell and rainless last few months are the reasons behind high temperature in February month this year. The weatherman said that the temperature will rise further and this year the summer is expected to be harsher. The IMD predictions indicate that the sky will remain clear in the next coming days and the minimum and maximum temperature will hover between 18°C and 35°C.
Many Places In Karnataka Experience High Temperature
Apart from Bangalore, many other places in Karnataka are also experiencing the wrath of rising mercury levels which are much higher than normal. According to data, around 22 to 32 weather monitoring stations of IMD have recorded high rise in temperature. Some of the places that recorded more than normal temperature include Uttara Kannada, Kalaburgi, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, and Ballari.
According to Meteorological Center, Bengaluru’s senior official,” What’s important to note is that in some places like Panambur, the departure from normal is more than 5°C. We have noted that the departure from normal is observed mainly in the districts of north interior Karnataka and isolated places in south interior Karnataka, including Bengaluru.”
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