Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Thursday evening’s rain in the city marked the “transition” phase of the monsoon — from the southwest to the northeast direction — that is characterised by thunderstorms and weakening wind speeds. After nearly three weeks of no rain and rising mercury levels, the city finally received rain.

While Thursday’s rain was part of the southwest monsoon, the onset of the northeast is not too far away, said A. Muthuchami, Director of the Meteorological centre. “The onset of the northeast monsoon generally occurs on October 20. But during the transition phase that begins in the first week of October, parts of Peninsular India, including parts of Karnataka, experience thundershowers and weakening wind speeds,” he said. A car parked near Safina Plaza was partially damaged after a tree fell on it. Another tree fell near Kaggadaspura main road.

October, the transition month, is the rainiest month for Bangalore, he added.