Bengaluru sizzles, breaks 85-year summer record

Press Trust of India Bengaluru | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on April 25, 2016

KARNATAKA : BENGALURU : 30/03/2016:STAND ALONE: Lady's are using umbrella in summer due to crouching sun, women motorist covering herself from heavy temprature and Crows quinching thier thirst at Lalbagh on March 30, 2016. Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy

City surpasses Delhi in heat conditions

Reeling under sizzling heat, Bengaluru has recorded the highest ever maximum temperature for April in 85 years at 39.2 degrees Celsius and has been hotter than Delhi in the last five days.

“Today, we have recorded the highest-ever maximum temperature of 39.2 degrees Celsius for the month of April. It has broken the previous all-time record of 38.3 degree, recorded on April 30, 1931,” Meteorological Regional Observatory Director-in-Charge Geeta Agnihotri told reporters.

“This time Bengaluru is hotter than Delhi, where the temperature is in the range of 37 degrees Celsius, and we (Bengaluru) have been recording 38 degrees for the last four to five days,” she said.

“It (Bengaluru) has surpassed the highest-ever value of 38.9 degree Celsius that was recorded on May 22, 1931. This observatory has been recording temperature from 1867,” she said.

For the last couple of days, she said, Bengaluru has been recording maximum temperatures at 3-4 degrees above normal.

Giving reasons for Karnataka experiencing sizzling heat, Agnihotri said it was due to very strong El Nino conditions recorded in 2015 in the subcontinent and absence of convective activity.

“There is an increase in the temperature throughout the State due to very strong El Nino conditions in 2015 and this global phenomenon is affecting the Indian subcontinent throughout,” she said.

El Nino is warming of the Pacific Ocean as part of a complex cycle linking atmosphere and ocean. It sees a huge release of heat from the Pacific Ocean into the atmosphere, which can disrupt weather patterns around the world.

“The India Meteorological Department had forecast higher than normal temperatures during this summer,” she said.

Published on April 25, 2016
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