It will bring down day temperature

Fairly widespread to moderate rainfall lashed several parts of the State in the last 24 hours and more rain is expected in southern Karnataka in the next one or two days.

Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) director V.S. Prakash said several parts of the State received moderate rain (pre-monsoon showers) on account of western disturbances in the north.

Due to this, day temperature is likely to fall in the next 24 hours. Districts such as Ramanagaram, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Chickballapur would receive moderate rainfall. Madikeri received light showers on Sunday evening.

Scattered rainfall would occur in Bangalore Urban and Rural districts, Kolar, Tumkur, Shimoga, Hasan, Chikmagalur, Kodagu, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada, he said.

In the last 24 hours, rainfall was widespread in Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada; fairly widespread in Udupi, Chikballapur, Raichur and Kolar; scattered in Kodagu, Shimoga, Yadgir and Chikmagalur, isolated in 18 districts and negligible in two districts, according to KSNDMC.

Atkur in Raichur taluk of Raichur district recorded the maximum rainfall 50 mm in the last 24 hours (Saturday 8.30 am to Sunday 8.30 am).

Officials of the Agriculture department said less than 10 per cent of the jowar crop sown in north and central districts, which was ready for harvesting, was lost.

Rainfall in coastal and Malnad districts damaged harvesting of arecanut and paddy (rabi) crop. Drying of areacanut would be delayed , officials said.

Pre-monsoon showers, however, would bring down power consumption and to some extent ease drinking water scarcity, officials said.