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Mysore heads for a sizzling summer

R. Krishna Kumar
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Maximum temperature of the region is expected to touch 37 degrees Celsius

Insufficient rain in 2013, and the failure of pre-monsoon showers this year have been blamed for the rise in temperature.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
Insufficient rain in 2013, and the failure of pre-monsoon showers this year have been blamed for the rise in temperature.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

Brace yourselves to face severe heat in the days ahead: the maximum temperature in Mysore is expected to touch 37 degrees Celsius, and stay in that bracket unless there is a good spell of rain.

Insufficient rain last year and the failure of this year’s pre-monsoon showers can be blamed for this rise in temperature that has left people drenched in sweat. With the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Ltd. (CESC) “promising” unscheduled loadshedding during the month, Mysore is going to face a truly intense summer this year.

C. Govindaraju, Station Nodal Officer at the Integrated Agromet Advisory Services of Organic Farming Research Station, Naganahalli, told The Hindu that the average temperature in Mysore during March was around 34 degrees, occasionally breaching that barrier during droughts.

However, the temperature was in the range of 35 degrees to 35.6 degrees Celsius last week, and is expected to reach 37 degrees in the next few days. “There has been no significant rainfall during the past four months, and the absence of moisture, coupled with deficit monsoon, can be held responsible,” he said.

Weak monsoons in the past three seasons, along with the failure of pre-monsoon rain this year, have aggravated the situation, Dr. Govindaraju confirmed. According to the website of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Mysore received 0.9 mm of rain (against an average of 3.5 mm) during January and 1.7 mm of rain (against a normal of 3.7 mm) during February this year.

“Although Mysore received unseasonal rain in February-end, it was inadequate and did not help reduce the temperature. Due to lack of cloudy conditions, the intensity of light is also very harsh,” said Dr. Govindaraju.

The last time the temperature breached the 37-degree mark in March in recent years was in 2005 (March 29). The all-time record for March is 37.8 degrees Celsius, registered on March 30, 1931. However, recurring deficit monsoons and failure of pre-monsoon rain has resulted in the temperature soaring to reach 35-36 degrees Celsius during the last four years.

The maximum temperature recorded for March in 2013 was 36.6 degrees Celsius; 36.5 degrees in 2012; 35 degrees in 2011; and 36.8 degrees in 2010, as per the Indian Meteorological Department.

The weather forecast for Mandya and Chamarajanagar is similar: temperatures will hover around 35-36 degrees. Kodagu will not share this fate; its temperature is expected to hover around the 30-31 degrees mark.

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