Heavy rainfall causes waterlogging in Karnataka districts.

(Madhysudhan Sr/TOI, BCCL)

Bengaluru, June 22: Although the monsoons touched down in Karnataka before time, the overall precipitation recorded in the state so far has been scanty. But after an initial dry phase, rains have picked up of late — so much so, that record-breaking precipitation has resulted in Bengaluru practically drowning in rainwater this past week.

Wettest June in a decade for Bengaluru

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated that June 2022 has already become Bengaluru’s wettest June in ten years!

Since June 1 this year, Bengaluru has registered 198.5 mm rainfall, surpassing a 10-year-old record and making this month the wettest June in a decade. The closest second was when the city witnessed 191.3 mm precipitation in June 2016.

Since last week, the Karnataka capital has been making the news for one rain-related disaster or another. For instance, conditions in Bengaluru worsened as up to 50 mm of rains and thunderstorms ravaged the city over the weekend, damaging hundreds of vehicles and claiming at least three lives.

Furthermore, rains around Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday poured for 90 minutes, resulting in the last T20I match between South Africa and India being cancelled.

From here on, the IMD’s latest forecast has suggested the city might receive a few spells of rain and thunderstorms in the next 24 hours and possibly beyond.

Wet week ahead for Karnataka

As per the IMD, an off-shore trough and strong westerly winds along the west coast are likely to create the following weather conditions across Karnataka:

  • Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning over Karnataka during the next five days — until Sunday, June 26
  • Isolated heavy rains over Coastal and South Interior Karnataka until Sunday, June 26, and North Interior Karnataka from Thursday to Saturday, June 23-25
  • Isolated very heavy rainfall over coastal Karnataka between Wednesday and Friday, June 22-24
  • Heavy rain at isolated places in Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar and Tumkuru districts of south interior Karnataka

Accordingly, an orange alert has been issued over Coastal Karnataka until Friday, June 24, so as to urge its residents to “be prepared” for the heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning.

A yellow watch will remain over North Interior Karnataka until Sunday, June 26, and South Interior Karnataka until Thursday, June 23, thereby advising locals to “be updated” about the inclement weather.

As for district-level alerts, Uttara Kannada, Dakshin Kannada and Udupi will be on orange alert until Saturday, June 25, with most other districts in Interior Karnataka being on yellow watch for the duration.

The IMD has also warned that districts witnessing heavy rains will be impacted by waterlogging on smaller roads, damage to trees, isolated flooding of low-lying areas, and traffic congestion.

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