Bangalore temp soars to 39 degree Celsius, breaks 83-yr-old record

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Bangalore, April 28: Mercury in Bangalore shot up to 39 degrees Celcius, breaking the 83-year-old record of 38.9 degrees which was recorded in 1931. With prediction of the heat intensifying in the coming days, the Silicon City is likely to beat cities like Gulbarga, Bellary, Raichur, Bagalkot, Bidar and Gulbarga. Gulbarga recorded over 41 degrees Celcius on Sunday.

Bangalore had recorded 38.9 degrees Celcius in 1934, the previous highest

Rainfall was, however, recorded in Shikaripura (6 cm) and Hosanagara (5 cm) in Shimoga district, Balehonnur in Chikmagalur district, Mani in Dakshin Kannada district, Hirekerur in Haveri district, Jeewargi in Gulbarga district, Bandipur in Chamarajanagar district and Uchangidurga in Davangere district [3 cm each].

Bangalore's temperature had soared to 36 degrees Celcius in March 2012. Weather experts cited less rainfall as the reason behind the rising mercury that year. Excessive cutting of trees in the Garden City for the sake of urbanisation is also seen as a reason behind the rising temperature.

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