Light rain predicted throughout April
A brief shower brought the city some respite from the sweltering heat on Saturday. Even as the cricket World Cup finals kept people glued to their television sets, a thick carpet of clouds rolled in, bringing a trace amount of rainfall.
Although the thermometer recorded a rise in maximum temperature by one degree from Friday — from 33 to 34 degrees Celsius on Saturday — the weather seemed tangibly more pleasant for those who did venture out.
According to the Meteorological Department, these are pre-monsoon showers, brought in by a trough of low pressure stretching along the western coast of India, passing over Karnataka.
But the worst is yet to come. April happens to be the city's hottest month, with an average maximum temperature at 33.4 degrees Celsius, a figure we have already crossed this year. The mercury touched a simmering 37.6 degrees Celsius last year, though the all-time record was 38.3 degrees Celsius in April 1931.
Bangalore, however, did see a drop in minimum temperature from 22.8 degrees Celsius on Friday to 21.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Other parts of south interior Karnataka received some rain too, but in the northern districts the temperatures soared. Gulbarga for instance, recorded a maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees Celsius.
Bangalore will continue to receive light rainfall in fits and starts throughout the month, said officials at the Met centre, and added that thunderstorms were fairly frequent at this time of year. Rain and thundershowers could occur at isolated places over coastal Karnataka as well.