There is good news for Kolkatans who are being baked by the sun. They have to grin and bear 3 to 4 days of the ongoing heat and then rain may hit the city, meteorological officials said on Wednesday.
“A low pressure trough has formed over the coastal areas of Bengal and Odisha. This will trigger light rain in a few districts of Bengal in the next 48 hours,” said GC Debnnath regional director of the meteorological department.
A senior met department officer said districts such as Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore would receive light rain in the next two days. “The low pressure could also trigger rain in Kolkata but that would take three to four days,” he said.
Met official claimed that rain and thundershowers would be able to keep the rising temperature under control in the city. Usually 2 – 3 Nor’westers hit the city in March and 3-4 lash the city in April. But till date not a single Nor’wester has hit the city this year.
“On Monday the day temperature had shot up to 39.60 Celsius. Last time Kolkata faced such conditions in April was in 2010, when the mercury crossed the 40.0 mark,” said Debnath.
“However, this year, the trend is again heading towards the same, though this time the heat is dry unlike the previous years,” said a senior official.
While dry and hot weather conditions, similarly to the one that exists in north and central India, had been making life miserable for the citizens over the past few days, moisture laden winds started than had been gushing in from the Bay of Bengal since Tuesday made the weather more suffocating.
“The trough had been sucking in moisture from the sea and this has led to the rise in the humidity level for the past two to three days. It was around 15% a week ago and now it has steadily climbed to nearly 40 %. The high relative humidity and the extreme day temperature has made the weather more suffocating,” he added.