No Rain, No Gain: Bengaluru To Sweat Under Heatwave As Water Crisis Deepens; Check Forecast

Despite hopeful forecasts, March brought little relief to the parched city, leaving residents disheartened and the water shortage situation dire.
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IMD: Heatwave Expected in Central and Western India

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Bengaluru: Residents of Bengaluru, the IT hub of India, are facing an uphill battle against a relentless water crisis compounded by soaring temperatures as the much-awaited rains fail to arrive. For today, Bangalore is set to experience a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. Bangaloreans, get your sunscreens and umbrellas as the sun is going to be scorching today.
Despite hopeful forecasts, March brought little relief to the parched city, leaving residents disheartened and the water shortage situation dire. With daytime temperatures rising above normal, Bengaluru is feeling the heat, recording some of the highest temperatures in years.
Last week, the mercury soared to a scorching 36.6 degrees Celsius, marking one of the hottest days in over a decade, as reported by the Weather Channel. Saturday saw a further spike, with temperatures touching 37 degrees Celsius, the highest in March in the last five years.
Experts attribute this sweltering heat to the combined effects of global warming and the El Ni?o phenomenon, which has led to warmer Pacific Ocean temperatures.

Bengaluru Weather Forecast

The forecast for the week ahead offers little respite, with maximum temperatures expected to hover around 35-36 degrees Celsius. However, the situation is even more dire for northern parts of Karnataka, where the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heatwave warning from April 2 to 4.
IMD alerts are triggered when local temperatures surpass 40 degrees Celsius and rise 5-6 degree Celsius above regional norms. North Interior Karnataka, including districts like Bagalkot, Bellari, Hampi, Raichur, Gadag, and Gangavathi, are expected to face particularly intense heat.

India Under Heatwave Threat

As summer approaches, the central and western parts of India are expected to experience higher-than-normal temperatures, according to the IMD. In a statement released on Monday, the IMD cautioned that the central and western regions of India would bear the brunt of the upcoming heatwave.
During a press conference on Monday, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the Director-General of the India Meteorological Department mentioned that temperatures in April and May are likely to be higher than usual this year. Emphasising the importance of taking precautions for the upcoming elections scheduled during this period, Union Minister for Earth Sciences Kiren Riju stressed the need for early preparation, considering the large number of voters in India.
The IMD has advised authorities to take proactive steps to prevent strain on infrastructure like power grids and transportation systems. "To tackle these challenges, it's crucial for authorities to take proactive steps," stated the IMD. "This may involve setting up cooling centers, issuing heat advisories, and implementing strategies to reduce the impact of urban heat islands in affected areas," added the IMD
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