Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The summer heat that has been rising relentless all month reached a new high on Wednesday. At 35.2 degrees Celsius, Bangalore recorded the hottest February day in four years, according to the Meteorological Centre here.

The last time the city experienced such high temperatures in February was in 2005, when it touched 35.8 degrees Celsius, said A. Muthuchami, Director of the Meteorological Centre. Wednesday’s maximum of 35.2 is a good four degrees above normal for this time of the year.

And this is just the beginning, he added. “The temperature is likely to go up to 37 degrees Celsius in March and possibly even rise to 38 degrees in April and May.”

He said that there was no forecast for rain until the second half of March.

According to the department, summer this year would be hotter than the last because the city might not receive the heavy rains like last year.

Other parts of South Interior Karnataka saw the mercury soar on Wednesday: It was 39 degrees Celsius in Gulbarga, and 38 degrees Bidar and Raichur.

The forecast for the next two days indicates more of the same: dry weather with a partially cloudy sky.