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Sultry spell to tighten grip over city

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, April 29, 2013
First Published: 11:25 IST(29/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:27 IST(29/4/2013)

Holding no hope of a respite from the sweltering heat and humidity sweeping the city anytime soon, the Met office has warned that the mercury would likely continue it’s northward climb in the coming days, driving up the discomfort level and leaving the city in a sweat.

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“The temperature is likely to go up further over the next few days. The maximum temperature on Monday will be around 39°C and will creep up further over the next week. The maximum temperature might even touch 40°C over the next three to four days,” GC Debnath, director of Indian Meteorological Department’s regional office in Kolkata, said.

Asking city residents to brace for a scorching summer spell in the coming days, the Met office said there’s little hope of a thunderstorm or rain lashing the city any time soon, since the prevailing weather conditions isn’t conducive for one.

“There has to be sufficient water vapour in the air for a sharp spell of rain, but there’s hardly enough in the atmosphere now. Neither has any low-pressure trough of the kind which could bring thunderstorms, materialised in the vicinity of south Bengal. Hence, the next few days will see the mercury climb up further resulting in stickier and more humid weather,” Debnath said.

The city wilted under a hot and grimy spell on Sunday, with many wondering if it wasn’t the hottest day of the season so far. The maximum humidity shot up to 84%, while the minimum hovered at 58%. However, the maximum temperature recorded on the day was almost 2 degrees less than what was registered the day before.

The maximum temperature on Sunday stayed at 36.2°C, while the minimum was recorded at 28°C. In contrast to the continuing dry spell currently, the city had witnessed some rain this time last year. Summer entrenched its grip over the city since the first week of April this year, with the days hot and sultry and not a trace of rain clouds in the sky. The humidity too picked up its northward march since the middle of the month, driving the discomfort level by a fair few notches.

The season’s first Nor’wester hit the city on April 11 and a couple of thunderstorms and few spells of rain followed, bringing the city some relief from the stifling heat and humidity.

“The prevailing conditions could result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the body. So it’s advisable for people to drink plenty of water or fruit juice before stepping outdoors,” Sukumar Mukherjee, a citybased doctor, told HT.


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