Bengaluru

It’s turning out to be a very dry October

International tennis players taking a picture of a thirsty monkey trying to open a water bottle in the stands of the tennis stadium, during ATP Challenger Tour Bengaluru — 2015, at KSLTA, inBengaluru on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

After a dry summer, the city is seeing one of the driest Octobers in years.

Over the past two weeks, temperatures have hovered at around 31 degree Celsius, which is three degrees above normal for this time of the month, says the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The mercury is also just shy of the all-time October record of 32.4 degree Celsius recorded in 2002.

Water crisis

A cloudless fortnight has also seen the city plunging deeper into the water crisis. The city has seen just 41mm of rainfall since October 1.

IMD notes that this is 86 mm deficient when compared to the average rainfall in the first three weeks of October.

With the average rainfall for the month being 154mm, it is likely that the city will see yet another rain-deficit month.

In contrast, October 2014 saw more than 320mm of rainfall.

“Normally, we expect rain from the eastern coast around this time. But, this year around, the easterly winds have been very weak, at just 9 kmph, while they are not carrying any moisture.

Dry winds

Lack of cloud-build up as well as dry winds are making temperatures shoot up,” said S.M. Metri, Director, IMD-Bengaluru.

Cyclonic depressions

Between October and the advent of the north-eastern monsoon, Bengaluru sees the benefit of cyclonic depressions bringing relief to the rising temperatures.

‘No systems’

“However, this time round, there are no systems at all to support rain. For the next five days at least, there will be no heavy rain,” he said.

With a proliferation of apps, monitoring stations and websites, it seems like there is no consensus on how hot the city is. While the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) records the maximum temperature at 31 degree Celsius, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre notes that the mercury touched 35 degree Celsius.

Accuweather.com shows 32 degree Celsius, while The Weather Channel, another popular website, shows the temperature to be as high as 33 degree Celsius.

Whatever the metrics may say, most citizens will agree that last few weeks have been “hot”.

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