Much-needed rain relief is on the horizon for Bengaluru and the rest of southern Karnataka this week

Much-needed rain relief is on the horizon for Bengaluru and the rest of southern Karnataka this week

The sun has been harsh on Bangalore residents for the past few weeks, and the city’s notoriously pleasant weather is nowhere to be seen. Add to this the ongoing water crisis in Bangalore, and every resident has one pressing question. It’s about when it’s going to rain.

Fortunately, if there are no problems with the weather model, you won’t have to wait that long. Parts of southern peninsular India, especially Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, have already received some rain over the weekend.

After light rain in north interior Karnataka on Sunday, wet weather is expected in Bengaluru and the rest of south interior Karnataka from Wednesday (March 20).

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), light rain will occur in Chamarajanagar, Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysuru, Tumkur and Bengaluru districts from Wednesday to Sunday (March 20-23). It is expected to rain.

The upcoming rains will certainly be a refreshing change for residents, but are unlikely to have an impact on mercury levels, which are currently one to two notches above normal. However, recharging the Cauvery delta could go a long way in solving water problems in the region.

According to the Central Water Commission, Karnataka’s 16 major reservoirs are only 29% full compared to 45% last year. The water level in 12 of the 16 reservoirs is below the 10-year average of 40%, The Hindu reported.

Karnataka typically experiences heavy pre-monsoon rains from March to May. Despite 18 days of heavy rains in interior Karnataka, dry El Niño conditions are certain to result in rain deficit across most of the southern state in 2023, and its effects continue to plague the state. There is.

It remains to be seen how the remaining months until the monsoon will play out, but rainfall so far in March 2024 has clearly been disappointing. Between March 1 and 17, Karnataka has so far recorded a deficit with very little rainfall.

Fortunately, the impending rains may eventually lead to pre-monsoon rains over Bengaluru and the rest of south interior Karnataka. According to media reports, further increases in regional rainfall are possible from the end of this month to early April. And there is a high chance of rain, especially during Ugadi celebrations.

Meanwhile, forecasts of La Niña conditions, which are often accompanied by above-average monsoon rainfall, have raised hopes of good monsoon rainfall in Karnataka this time. Current NOAA projections give an 83% chance of active La Niña conditions from April through June.

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