Temperatures in March 2018 are in keeping with current trends, and there is no need to believe that this summer will be hotter than ever.
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Bengaluru is set to see some respite from the scorching summer sun it is already reeling under. It has been predicted that the city will see rain in the coming days.

According to weathermen at the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Bengaluru might experience light to moderate rainfall in the course of the week.

“We are expecting light to moderate rainfall by March 14-15 in Bengaluru. The coastal and Malnad regions will obviously have rainfall before that. We are expecting it to remain cloudy throughout the day on 14 and 15 March. Since the start of the week, we have observed a low-pressure system developing in the region between Sri Lanka and Lakshadweep. The system is expected to move towards the coast. There will be showers in the coasts of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu as well,” Sunil M Gavaskar, a meteorologist at KSNDMC, told TNM.

Summer of 2018: How hot is it?

According to the data, there is no reason to indicate if 2018 will be the hottest year, insists Sunil. So far, in March, the maximum temperature registered in the city has been 34.5 degrees Centigrade, while the 30-year normal is 33.1 degrees Centigrade. The highest temperature in March for the last decade was 37.2 degrees recorded in 2017.

“We are just experiencing 1 degree or less maximum temperatures higher than normal in Bengaluru on a day-to-day basis. We have not experienced any severe event as of now. In some isolated places in north interior Karnataka, we have recorded maximum temperatures up to two degrees higher than normal,” Sunil told TNM.

He added this trend is in keeping with the Indian Meteorological Department’s seasonal outlook.

In the seasonal outlook for the period between March to May 2018, the IMD had predicted the average maximum temperature to be above by one degree in south interior Karnataka and mean temperatures are expected to be higher by 0.35 degree.

The table below shows the maximum temperatures for March in the last 10 years.


2017 37.2
2016 36.3
2015 35.8
2014 36
2013 36.6
2012 35.6
2011 34.8
2010 35.7
2009 35.5
2008 32.6