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Countdown to monsoon begins

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Bangalore: Pre-monsoon thundershowers that lashed Bangalore over the past two days are a normal precursor to the southwest monsoon, which is expected to hit Karnataka on June 4, according to the meteorological centre here.

The normal date of monsoon onset over Kerala is June 1, and it generally arrives in Karnataka four days later, on June 5, said B. Puttanna, director of the centre. “But this year the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast its arrival a day earlier (May 31), so the State and Bangalore can expect the monsoon to hit on June 4,” he said. The arrival of the monsoon depends on various weather systems over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, which aid its movement over the Indian peninsula, Mr. Puttanna explained.

Bangalore has already braved several weeks of pre-monsoon activity, characterised by thunder, lightning and windy squalls.

Between Tuesday night and Wednesday night, the city recorded 32.3 mm of rainfall.

The city has seen wetter days in May: on May 20, 2009, it received 50 mm of rain and on May 26, 2002, it recorded a whopping 95 mm.

The next two days will see cloudy skies with thundershowers. The maximum temperature will see a dip to around 29 degrees Celsius.

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