After days of simmering heat, rain lashed Bengaluru, and south interior and coastal Karnataka, bringing down temperatures and relief to citizens on Wednesday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), however, the drop in temperatures is temporary and is due to a deep depression in the west, central and south west areas of the Bay of Bengal.

Apart from Bengaluru, there was heavy rain in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Haveri, causing severe damage.

However, these are not monsoon rains, the IMD said.

“The monsoon is likely to be delayed and is expected to hit Kerala coast on June 7. We will be able to predict the onset of monsoon for Karnataka only then,” said Geetha Agnihotri, Director in Charge, IMD, Bengaluru.

At least 100 trees were uprooted, 20 houses lost their tinned roofs, and 30 electricity poles were damaged due to strong winds accompanied by downpour in drought-hit Athani and Chikkodi taluks of Belagavi on Wednesday. A similar situation was witnessed in Udupi in coastal Karnataka.

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