Mangalore: Temperature in coast never touched 40° C - IMD

Shreyas H S
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Mar 20: Though some sections of the media have reported that temperature has reached a peak of 42-44°C for the first time in the history of coastal belt, even overtaking North Karnataka, director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Bangalore, B Puttanna speaking to daijiworld rubbished the reports as being baseless.

He said Dakshina Kannada district has witnessed 37.6° Celsius in the last week and currently it has dropped to 36° C.

Straight away terming the reports as false, he contended that as per the IMD observation the district on March 13, 1985 had witnessed 38.1° and never till date has the temperature crossed this record.

However, in this decade, particularly on March 9, 2008 temperature was same as last week, recorded at 37.6°C. In case if there was even a 0.1 difference recorded by the observatory in Mangalore, IMD would have issued a bulletin declaring ‘highest temperature recorded in this decade’.

He called this phenomenon as common during the summer especially in the month of March. "Since the wind blows from land to sea, it does not carry moisture with it and in affect influences the weather. This is the actual reason for the increase in the temperature. In case the wind reverses (sea to land) temperature will decrease, with wind carrying more moisture with it. Temperature during the course of the next few days is likely to come down," he added.

He added that hobli to hobli there cannot be a difference of more than a degree, and hence within a district the temperature would be more or less uniform.

"Coastal district recording temperature above 40° Celsius is a highly unusual phenomenon. After the rumour got circulated in the district people began to feel more heat than earlier," he quipped.

On the other side, North Karnataka has shown some changes in the weather and heat is below normal, at 38° Celsius.

Director also urged people not to rely on unauthentic data with regard to temperature and follow IMD bulletins to know about the forecast.


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  • Krupakar, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 12 2023

    Do you really think this ever happened in the last 3-4 decades?

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  • shanti, puttur

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    There is a software my points accurate temp....It did not cross 40 in my lifetime but for a few two to three days it is around 40...and I live near puttur....Today I say there may be a cloudy day with chances of and mouse play by sun and cloud let me see whether it is correct

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  • shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Ms. Shanthi,
    Mobile phones do not have thermometers to measure outside temperature. You may have a software which is connected to some weather websites or there is a internal thermometer which measures the phone temperature. Phone temperature is always above outside temperature because of the heat generated by the running of processors and power transmission. so you will always have a higher temperature displayed!

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  • Well wisher, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Mr. Aiden

    I think for you ignorance is bliss

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  • Flavian, Mangalaore/Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    There should be some limit or subject to pass political comments.

    What's the weather has got to do with Feku or Fekugiri ? Strange, isn't it ?

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  • Aneesh, manipal

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    My temperature meter here in Nitte karkala has shown a maximum of 35.5 degrees three days back.
    Today maximum was 34 degrees.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    I don't believe this. Definitely it would have touched 40 plus. Now at 2:30 PM Bangalore temperature is 37 degree C.

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  • dam, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    This is the season of fekugiri...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Indian Meteorological Department is also FEKU...

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  • Suleman Beary, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    With the power cut and low voltage... high humidity making the situation even worse.
    Deforestation in the name of Industrialization, Commercialization in the name of Progress make the situation worse than better.
    Hence we have to learn a lesson to protect the nature as much as possible, which intern protect our future generation.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    The lure and greed of money and material benefits, which are short term surpasses any remaining sanity in the public minds!!

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  • Well wisher, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Me. Sullivan,
    You are 100 percent, no matter whatever be the number of promises the politicians make to make your city better, but they are in no way to protecting you against harmful effects of global warming as they don't know what is global warming.

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  • Henry misquith, Bahrain

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    We cannot guess and control mother nature, it is beyond our imagination. If we want to give a better life to our upcoming generation save our home, that is :EARTH.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Udupi / Dubai

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Because of Cutting down trees for real estate properties, Special Economical Zone (SEZ), Nagarjuna Power Plant.. etc..

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  • Joseph, Doha, Qatar

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    To sum it all, blame it on ''human'' global warming .. now we are seeing the catastrophe ourselves.. no more apt answer than this. No use of shedding crocodile tears now. Damage done beyond repair.

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  • Rudolf, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    "Though the weathermen are not unanimous on how much the mercury rose, both the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) and the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) concur that Tuesday and Wednesday had higher-than-normal temperatures here.

    The KSNDMC records the mercury hitting 42 degrees Celsius in Puttur on Wednesday, down from 43.5C a day before. Their readings from Kadaba and Uppinanangadi show similar temperatures, making Puttur the hottest taluk in the State. Even the above-normal temperature at Mangalore was 37.8 degrees Celsius at 1 p.m. And with a Relative Humidity of 100 per cent, the heat took on oppressive dimensions."~ The Hindu, March 20, 2014~

    How can the above report given by IMD and KSNDMC be dismissed as incorrect and casual?? In such a case of conflicting reports by recognized agencies whom the general Aam Aadmi believe in?

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  • m.ashraf, kodijal,konaje

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    Jaago Mangaloreans and the dept, it's high time we take some necessary steps by greenery in our locality.

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    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    GLOBAL WARMING or COASTAL WARMING?One of the reason is industrialization and nature -save mankind.

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  • Aiden Rubel, Mumbai/Qutar

    Thu, Mar 20 2014

    42-44 degrees Celsius or 36-37 degrees celcius, heat is heat and summer will be summer

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