A bright and sunny election day expected on Friday

City Elections

The city has only received scattered rain showers this year. All other areas in the state that go to polls will also see hot, dry weather.

The heat is ready to test the resolution of Bangalore voters tomorrow. The city will continue to see high temperatures and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a sunny day.

A spokesperson from IMD said not only Bangalore, but also other areas in Karnataka which go to the polls tomorrow are likely to witness a dry, hot day. An IMD scientist  said, “As far as Bengaluru is concerned, tomorrow is most likely to be a sunny day. There could be wind blowing at a few places, but there would be no rain.”

The dry and hot weather is likely to continue for a week across the state. Keeping the scorching heat on the election day in mind , the Chief Election Officer of Karnataka, at a press conference announced the Election Commission’s (EC) plan and preparation for the election day. Manoj Kumar Meena, the Chief Election Officer of Karnataka, announced that ambulances and medical aid kits will be available at polling booths in the state. Moreover, according to the EC, several basic facilities have to be provided at all polling booths across the country.

Facilities like drinking water, toilets, shed, wheelchair, ramp, help desk, voter facilitation centres and signage are to be provided at every polling booth mandatorily.

The Election Commission on Monday set up a task force to gauge the impact that hot and humid conditions may have on the voter turnout during the ongoing Lok Sabha election, The Hindu reported.

Bangalore heat

The heat wave in Bengaluru has led to over 700 cases of heatstroke in the city so far. The Medical Superintendent of Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital said the rise in number of cases in the city is unprecedented, at least in the past decade. “The lack of rainfall has contributed to the heat in the city. Staying outdoors for longer hours in such heat leads to dehydration and dizziness, which could lead to heat stroke. Skin allergies like rashes and itchiness are also being reported.”

Bangalore has been dealing with scorching heat and severe water crisis because of lack of rains. And the city’s woes are not likely to end anytime soon. IMD has predicted that the state might not receive heavy rainfall in the coming weeks too.  

 Contributed by Ishika Sharma and Lovely Tyagi