Mangaluru: Summer has arrived early in the coastal belt and in the coming days the maximum temperature is expected to rise further. However, the rise in temperature would possibly bring showers in March on the coast, opined the Met department.
Usually, the state receives on average 7 mm of rainfall in the month of February. However, so far this year, the rainfall has been lower. With the northward movement of the mid-day Sun, the mercury will rise further and the temperatures are likely to reach 3-4 degrees Celsius above normal.
Weather experts say that the maximum temperature, which was around 31-32 degrees Celsius a few days ago, is quickly rising and will reach 35 to 37 degrees Celsius in the next few days.
The rise in atmospheric temperatures is likely to produce convective rainfall. A. Prasad, a meteorologist at IMD Bengaluru, said that after March 15, summer rains are likely. When the wind blows from the west, moisture from the Arabian Sea reaches the land. This will lead to rain in coastal areas and this process will start in the coming days, he said.
Meanwhile, the demand for beverages has risen. The consumption of soft drinks and fruit juices has risen considerably in the past few days. Tender coconut is being shipped from Tamil Nadu and interior Karnataka to the coast.