If you were out on the streets on Sunday afternoon you may not need to know the temperature charts to tell you it was one of the hottest days ever. At 39.2 degrees Celsius, it was the hottest day Bengaluru has seen in eight decades.
The last time the city was this hot was on April 30, 1931 and even then, the maximum recorded temperature was 38.3 degrees C. The humidity level recorded on Sunday was 73 per cent, which was 3 per cent below normal.
As the sun beat down on the city mercilessly in the afternoon, the extreme heat took its toll on those who were out travelling. The situation was not any better for those who stayed at home as the pervading heat reached all corners.
The coming days may not provide any relief as the situation does not seem to improve, with the India Meteorological Department forecast pegging the maximum temperatures in the 37 to 38 degrees C range. The department has warned of likely heatwave conditions over south-interior Karnataka over the next two days with the conditions returning to normal by April 27.
While residents prayed for rain to come to their rescue, weather analysis shows that the pre-monsoon rainfall this year has been 66 mm below normal while last year it was 119 mm above normal. The minimum temperature over the past week has also increased from the normal average of 22 degrees C to 24 degrees C and is expected to stay at this level over the next week.