As election season nears, rising mercury in state leaves people, politicians anxious

As the summer has set in, people in the state have begun to feel the heat.

Bengaluru recorded a maximum temperature of 34.1 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 20.8 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Kalaburagi recorded the highest maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius in the state and Mysuru recorded the lowest minimum of 16.3 degree Celsius.

L Ramesh Babu, IMD Bengaluru Director-in-charge, said the weather was dry and winds were calm which indicate that the temperature would rise in days to come. Moisture in the atmosphere was drying up which was making people feel the heat, he added.

According to Dr G S Srinivasa Reddy, KSNDMC Director, temperatures have already increased between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 3 degrees Celsius when compared to normal temperatures.

Forecasts indicate an upward trend, he added.

According to the IMD records, the maximum temperature in March in Bengaluru was 37.3 degrees Celsius that was recorded on March 29, 1996.

Election heat

Both India Meteorological Department and Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) are getting frequent calls from anxious citizens who want to know how severe the summer heat would be this time.

With the state gearing up for the upcoming Assembly elections in May, even political parties are making calls to the weatherman.

Office of the chief electoral officer and the chief secretarys office have also sought weather details along with forecast pattern to decide
election dates and to prepare plans to tackle the heat in election times respectively.

Babu said that if elections were declared late, it would be tough for people across Karnataka, especially north interior Karnataka where the maximum temperature could go up to 44-45 degrees Celsius.

Rain forecast

The IMD has forecast rain and thundershowers over the coastal Karnataka and ghat areas for the next two days. This is because of a trough over Karnataka and Kerala coast. Due to this, the partly cloudy sky has also been forecast over south interior Karnataka.

As the summer has set in, people in the state have begun to feel the heat.

Bengaluru recorded a maximum temperature of 34.1 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 20.8 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Kalaburagi recorded the highest maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius in the state and Mysuru recorded the lowest minimum of 16.3 degree Celsius.

L Ramesh Babu, IMD Bengaluru Director-in-charge, said the weather was dry and winds were calm which indicate that the temperature would rise in days to come. Moisture in the atmosphere was drying up which was making people feel the heat, he added.

According to Dr G S Srinivasa Reddy, KSNDMC Director, temperatures have already increased between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 3 degrees Celsius when compared to normal temperatures.

Forecasts indicate an upward trend, he added.

According to the IMD records, the maximum temperature in March in Bengaluru was 37.3 degrees Celsius that was recorded on March 29, 1996.

Election heat

Both India Meteorological Department and Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) are getting frequent calls from anxious citizens who want to know how severe the summer heat would be this time.

With the state gearing up for the upcoming Assembly elections in May, even political parties are making calls to the weatherman.

Office of the chief electoral officer and the chief secretary’s office have also sought weather details along with forecast pattern to decide
election dates and to prepare plans to tackle the heat in election times respectively.

Babu said that if elections were declared late, it would be tough for people across Karnataka, especially north interior Karnataka where the maximum temperature could go up to 44-45 degrees Celsius.

Rain forecast

The IMD has forecast rain and thundershowers over the coastal Karnataka and ghat areas for the next two days. This is because of a trough over Karnataka and Kerala coast. Due to this, the partly cloudy sky has also been forecast over south interior Karnataka.

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