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Bengaluru’s Water Crisis Deepens as Rainfall Remains Elusive

Due to a trough in sea levels, Karnataka is preparing for significant rainfall in a number of areas. IMD Bengaluru scientist A. Prasad has alerted coastal and southern areas to high rainfall and stressed the possible impact of cyclonic conditions.
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Bengaluru, known as India’s Silicon Valley, is grappling with an unprecedented water crisis exacerbated by the prolonged absence of rainfall. Despite being hailed as the ‘tech city’, Bengaluru’s struggle with minimal precipitation continues unabated, with no significant signs of relief on the horizon.

Private weather forecaster Skymet reports that the city has not experienced substantial rainfall for over two months, with the last significant shower occurring in early January. While faint hopes linger for some showers between mid-week and the weekend, the prospect of substantial rainfall remains uncertain.

The severity of the water crisis is evident, particularly concerning the availability of drinking water, as many borewells have dried up. Although meteorologists predict slight drizzles in Bengaluru this week, the expected amount is minimal.

Typically, the pre-monsoon Peninsular India trough, a semi-permanent feature in March, extends through Karnataka, bringing occasional scattered showers. However, Skymet suggests that the trough’s current position may deviate westward from its usual location, limiting atmospheric triggers for rainfall.

Nevertheless, there remains a glimmer of hope as Skymet forecasts the possibility of some cloud cover and sporadic rainfall between March 21st and 23rd, albeit brief, offering a slight reprieve from the prolonged dry spell.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the weather forecast for Bengaluru indicates partly cloudy skies over the next week, with chances of light rain on March 22nd. The IMD also projects temperatures ranging from 21 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius, which is 1 degree Celsius higher than normal for this time of year.

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