Bengaluru, often referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, woke up to a foggy morning on Tuesday following a substantial bout of rain the previous evening. While the showers provided some relief from the ongoing drought-like conditions in Karnataka, they also brought severe waterlogging to several areas of the city, leading to traffic disruptions and congestion. Underpasses were inundated, and numerous roads were submerged, challenging the daily commute for residents.
Despite the recent rainfall, Karnataka continues to grapple with a significant rainfall deficit in a majority of its districts. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) reported that 24 out of 31 districts still face a “large deficit” in rainfall, based on data from the beginning of the month. Among them, three districts—Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, and Mysuru—experienced “deficit” rainfall, while four others—Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, and Kodagu—witnessed “normal” rainfall levels from October 1 to October 9.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued forecasts and warnings for the region, anticipating light to moderate rain in various parts of coastal Karnataka and south interior Karnataka. Meanwhile, the north interior areas of the state are expected to remain dry for the next two days. The IMD also issued a “heavy rainfall” warning for several districts, including Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Ramanagara, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Kolar, Mandya, and Mysuru until Wednesday.
For Bengaluru city, the IMD predicts a generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain or thundershowers, occasionally heavy, especially during the evenings and nights. Temperature-wise, the maximum temperature is expected to be above normal by two to three degrees in certain districts, while minimum temperatures may also exceed normal levels by two degrees in isolated areas. Some districts could experience minimum temperatures below normal by three to four degrees at isolated locations.
Notably, Bengaluru’s maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 29 and 21 degrees Celsius, respectively, until Wednesday. The KSNDMC reported that two of the top three locations with the highest rainfall over the last 24 hours were in Bengaluru Urban district, with Horamavu and Manduru receiving 99 and 95 mm of rain, respectively. Additionally, Kembalu in Hassan District witnessed 96 mm of rainfall.
In response to the waterlogging and adverse weather conditions, local authorities posted traffic advisories to assist office-goers and schoolchildren in navigating the challenging conditions. The city’s residents awoke to mist, fog, and clouds in the early hours, prompting some to wonder if “winter is coming” to the city, adding a unique twist to the challenging weather conditions.