BENGALURU: On Monday, Bengaluru recorded the highest-ever day temperature for November, at 33 degrees Celsius. It beat the previous high temperature of 31.7 degrees Celsius recorded in 2002, also on November 28. This comes after another unusual weather phenomenon: a dry, rainless October.
The failure of Northeast monsoon has translated into higher temperatures in parts of the state, and particularly Bengaluru.
Minimum temperatures have remained under the 20-degree mark with Bengaluru registering a low of 15.6
degrees Celsius on November 28. However, daytime temperatures are set to see a marginal dip over the next few days due to a depression forming over the Bay of Bengal.
Met department director Sundar Mahadev Metri said that south interior Karnataka is expected to get rains around December 2-3. “A depression has already formed and if this intensifies in the next 24 hours, we can expect moderate to heavy rain in south interior Karnataka,” he said.
On the erratic temperature swings in Bengaluru, environmentalist C B Ramkumar said that globally 2016 was turning out to be the hottest year ever recorded. “Individually, however, it depends on the month and spot. High temperature in Bengaluru need not be connected to global warming or climate change. Local climatic issues play a big role in driving local temperatures beyond what one would imagine. Also, Bengaluru is situated on a plateau and temperature variations can be harsher,” he said.
Ramkumar also pointed out that Bengaluru in November 2015 experienced what was arguably the wettest month in a century with 296.4 mm of rainfall recorded. “Bengaluru has not seen this kind of phenomenon before where the winters are not as cold and summers are hotter than before,” he added.