If you have been complaining about the unbearable heat for the past couple of days, be prepared for the worst in the days to come.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said this is the hottest March Bangalore has seen in 15 years, with the city recording the highest maximum temperature of 36.6 degrees Celsius on Friday.

In 1996, the city recorded the highest maximum temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius.

There will be, however, no respite in the coming days. “The hottest day in April last year was when the temperature touched 37.5 degrees Celsius. This April could be the same or even worse, subject to whether there will be thunderstorms,” an official said.

According to the IMD’s forecast for the next two days, the maximum temperature will hover around 36 degrees Celsius, while the minimum will be around 22 degrees Celsius.

The sky will be partly cloudy, with rain and thundershowers in some parts of the city in the evening.

All of Karnataka suffers

Other parts of the State are also reeling under heatwave conditions. Gulbarga recorded the highest maximum temperature of 40.9 degrees Celsius in the State, according to the summary released on Saturday. In the rest of the State too the maximum temperature was much above normal.

Belgaum recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 18.2 degrees Celsius. A few parts of south interior Karnataka received rain.

Poor monsoon last year, disappearing green belt and increasing air pollution are major contributors for the sizzling summer, an IMD official said. The Western Ghats areas were receiving rain because the local weather conditions support cloud formation, the official added.

‘Not abnormal’

But this year’s temperature is not abnormal, said V.S. Prakash, director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC). “The maximum temperatures in the State have gone past these figures in the last 30 years. In March 1983, the maximum temperature in Bangalore reached 37.2 degrees Celsius,” he said.

Mr. Prakash said the average temperature for March in Bangalore in about 40 years had been around 32.6 degrees Celsius.

“The belt comprising Hassan, Tumkur, Mysore and Chikkaballapur has seen a significant rise in temperature,” he added.

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