Bengaluru Experiences Moderate Rainfall After Five Months of Intense Heat

Bengaluru experiences moderate rainfall after 5-month dry spell, bringing relief from intense heat and signaling the arrival of monsoon season.

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Bengaluru Experiences Moderate Rainfall After Five Months of Intense Heat

Bengaluru Experiences Moderate Rainfall After Five Months of Intense Heat

Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, experienced moderate rainfall on Friday evening after nearly five months of dry weather and intense heat. The rainfall was reported in areas like Kengeri and Yelahanka, with residents expressing joy on social media.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecasted the possibility of rain in Bengaluru and surrounding districts from April 19th to April 23rd. The IMD predicted a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain or thundershowers towards the evening or night in the next 48 hours, with a maximum temperature around 37°C.

Pockets of western Bengaluru, such as Tavarekere, received heavier but brief spells of rain. The IMD had issued a nowcast earlier in the day, predicting light to moderate thundershowers accompanied by lightning and gusty winds in parts of Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Dakshina Kannada, Kalaburagi, and Raichur districts.

However, the IMD's observation data recorded no rainfall at the three stations in Bengaluru - Bengaluru City, Kempegowda International Airport, and HAL airport. The maximum temperature recorded in the city ranged from 36.6°C to 37.1°C on Friday.

The rainfall details from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre's Varuna Mitra showed that the Rajarajeshwarinagar zone recorded an average rainfall of 0.13 mm, while the other zones recorded no rainfall.

Why this matters: The rainfall comes as a relief to the residents of Bengaluru, who have been enduring intense heat over the past few months. The city had experienced its longest dry spell in 62 years, going without rain for 146 days.

The rainy spell is expected to last a few days, providing a short respite from the sweltering heat that the southern state has been facing in recent days. While the rainfall was Light in the city, it offers relief from the scorching heat and replenishes water sources, heralding the arrival of the monsoon season.

Key Takeaways

  • Bengaluru experienced moderate rainfall after 5 months of dry weather and heat.
  • IMD forecasted possibility of rain in Bengaluru from April 19-23, with max temp around 37°C.
  • Pockets of western Bengaluru received heavier but brief spells of rain.
  • Bengaluru had experienced its longest dry spell in 62 years, going without rain for 146 days.
  • The rainfall offers relief from the scorching heat and replenishes water sources.