Mangaluru, May 30, 2019: More thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds are in store for South Interior Karnataka (SIK) and coastal region over the next four days. At the same time, parts of North Interior Karnataka will witness heat-wave conditions as temperatures will soar 3-5 degrees above normal, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Overcast conditions will prevail in many parts of SIK region with thundershowers ‘very likely’. According to Sundar M Metri, director in-charge, IMD Bengaluru, rainfall will be fairly widespread in SIK region. “While light to moderate rainfall is expected in many parts of the region, isolated cases of heavy rainfall are also likely,” he said.
IMD forecasts indicate scattered rainfall for SIK region on May 30, Thursday, followed by fairly widespread rainfall on May 31,Friday and Saturday. According to the thunderstorm/squall warning issued by IMD, thunderstorms with wind speeds reaching upto 30-40 kmph was likely at isolated places in all the districts of South Interior Karnataka.
Above normal temp : While the southern part of the state will enjoy the showers, the northern part of Karnataka will experience soaring temperatures for the next three days.
“Since many regions surrounding the North Interior Karnataka (NIK) region are witnessing heat-wave conditions, similar conditions are likely in many pockets of NIK,” he said.
Apart from it, above normal temperatures are expected in central Karnataka and coastal region.
Rainfall data : Despite rainfall being recorded in parts of the state recently, pre-monsoon showers were deficient in Karnataka overall. Against a normal of 118.4 mm for the state, it received only 68.3 mm in the current pre-monsoon season between March 1 to May 29 - a deficiency of 42%.
Coastal Karnataka had the driest pre-monsoon season as rainfall was deficient by 71% as compared to the normal. Similarly, the NIK and Malnad regions received only half the normal rainfall for the period.