For almost a week now, residents of Bengaluru, including me, woke up to gloomy, cold mornings, a rare sight in the month of May. Even though we caught a glimpse of sunlight on the morning of May 14, the garden city, which is already known for its pleasant weather, is witnessing one of the coldest summers in years.
While several parts of North India are reeling under the heatwave, Bengaluru is enjoying a chilly summer. “Packing bags already!” netizens tweeted, as Bengaluru was cooler than many hill stations in India. If you are planning for a chilled out weekend, Bengaluru can serve as the best getaway, while giving respite from the scorching summer heat.
On May 12, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir were warmer than Bengaluru. On the same day, the city saw the second coldest day in May in the last 50 years, as it recorded a maximum temperature of 23 degrees celsius. The last time Bengaluru recorded the coldest day was on May 14 1972, when the temperature was recorded at 22.2 degrees celsius. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, this is an 8-10 degrees dip, when compared to the usual temperature in May.
Also, rain has become a common sight in the city, thanks to cyclone Asani. The cyclone is the reason behind pleasant weather and rain conditions in the northeast and south Karnataka, triggering a dip in temperatures.
Bengaluru will continue to witness partly cloudy conditions until May 17, even as cyclone Asani has weakened. According to the weather department, the minimum temperature could dip to 20 degrees celsius, while the maximum temperature would be between 31-33 degrees celsius.
On the other hand, the IMD predicts the Southwest monsoon will arrive earlier than expected this time, on June 1 in Kerala, and begin its journey across India.