Bengaluru: Heavy rains have been forecast for Karnataka over the weekend due to a low pressure trough that is expected to form over Arabian Sea, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. (Also read: Tamil Nadu, Puducherry And Kerala Likely to Receive Heavy to Very Heavy Rainfall: IMD) Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
“A low pressure is expected to form over southeast Arabian Sea, which can further intensify into depression and form into a cyclone,” IMD Bengaluru Director-incharge CS Patil told IANS here. As a result of the low pressure in Arabian Sea, the coastal and south interior districts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru, are expected to receive heavy widespread rains, Patil said. Also Read - Karnataka Reports Highest Ever Single-day Count with Over 50,000 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, Nearly Half From Bengaluru
Neighbouring districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also likely to receive heavy rains due to the low pressure effect. The southern state capital has been receiving rains over the past week. The heavy rains during the last week of September had inundated several low-lying areas of the city, uprooting trees and flooding arterial roads. Also Read - Salman Khan Helps Student From Karnataka Who Lost His Father To Covid-19
Bengaluru, which received intermittent rains due to the southwest monsoon from June to September, however, continues to face about 20 per cent deficit of rainfall. The city received a total of 38.6cm of rains during the monsoon season against the normal of 47.5 cm.
The state, which was reeling under drought conditions due to deficit rains over the past few years, has received an average of 78 cm of rains till September 30 since the onset of southwest monsoon on June 4. The average rainfall across the state due to the monsoon is only about 6 per cent below the season’s normal of 83 cm.