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Bengaluru hit by record rains in 2 days, highest in 133 years

Bengaluru hit by record rains, with 111.1 mm in a day, the highest in 133 years. The heavy downpour uprooted trees, caused power outages, & led to severe waterlogging, disrupting normal life and metro services. More rain is forecasted in the coming days.

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Bengaluru hit by record rains in 2 days highest in 133 years

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Bengaluru saw a historic downpour as the first Southwest Monsoon rain broke a 133-year-old June record. The downpour disrupted normal life with uprooted trees, power outages, and waterlogging which created hardships for commuters.

Bengaluru hit by record rains in 2 days

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Bengaluru received 111.1 mm of rainfall on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 110.3 mm set on June 16, 1891. This rainfall not only shattered the record but also exceeded the city's average June rainfall of 106.5 mm.

Intense rain uprooted over 100 trees and caused branches from 500 trees to fall, leading to property damage. Water-logging on roads and low-lying areas created challenges for commuters, and power outages were reported due to damaged light poles and transformers.

Heavy rains disrupted metro services in the city. A fallen tree near Trinity station towards M.G. Road temporarily halted night train operations, inconveniencing commuters.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike BBMP received 285 complaints on Sunday, mostly about fallen trees or branches obstructing roads and vehicles. The BBMP Forest Wing received 118 complaints of tree falls, with 40 trees falling in the South Zone near Jayanagar. Additionally, 128 complaints were lodged about fallen branches.

Bengaluru on course to break its highest monthly rainfall record for June due to the heavy downpour and forecasts of more rainfall. The current record is 228.2 mm, set in 1996. The IMD has warned that rainfall will continue for the next two days, with overcast conditions followed by light to moderate thundershowers.

Yellow alert: rain, 20-32°C

The weather department issued a yellow alert for the city, predicting a cloudy sky with rain or thundershowers between June 3 and 5. The maximum temperature is expected to be between 31 and 32 degrees Celsius, while the lowest is around 20-21 degrees Celsius.

According to Karnataka Weather, light to moderate rain with isolated heavy thunderstorms is expected to continue across the state. "Widespread light to moderate rain with isolated heavy thunderstorms are likely to continue over interiors of Karnataka, including Bengaluru city today. The agency stated that central and north interior Karnataka districts are likely to witness very good thunderstorms today."

The state capital has already exceeded its monthly rainfall, with over 120 mm in the past two days of June. The average is 110.3 mm. According to the report, in Bengaluru, Hampi Nagar received the highest rainfall at 110.5 mm, followed by Maruti Mandira ward at 89.5 mm, Vidyapeetha at 88.50 mm, and Cottonpet at 87.50 mm.

The record-breaking rainfall has left Bengaluru dealing with fallen trees, power outages, and waterlogging. Residents should be cautious and stay updated on weather advisories as the city expects more rainfall.

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