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Pre-monsoon rain hits Kolkata

kolkata Updated: Jun 08, 2013 12:02 IST
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The city witnessed premonsoon showers on Friday. Though the rain brought down the temperature and provided relief from the humidity, the showers caused waterlogging in some parts of the city.

Rain disrupted the ‘Slutwalk Kolkata’ in Jadavpur University on Friday.

“This is scheduled pre-monsoon rain. Monsoon will hit south Bengal by June 10,” said a met official of the regional meteorological centre in Alipore.
Since Friday morning, the sky remained overcast with sporadic drizzles here and there.

“Thunderstorms and premonsoon rain brought down the temperature by a couple of degrees and also reduced the maximum humidity level,” said the Met official.

With maximum humidity hovering around 90 degrees in the past few days, the discomfort index rose to 66 on Thursday making the weather sultry. The muggy weather persisted as the minimum relative humidity couldn’t settle at less than 65% since last week.

Eluding Kolkata and south Bengal, rain struck almost all districts in north Bengal with heavy showers three days ago. On June 1, monsoon advanced in Kerala,
Tamil Nadu and parts of southwest and westcentral Bay of Bengal. But Friday’s pre-monsoon rain assured Kolkatans relief by mid-June.

Rain proved to be a spoilsport for the second edition of ‘Slutwalk Kolkata’.

Protesting against increasing incidents of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the state, more than 250 college and university students and social activists assembled on Jadavpur University campus on Friday afternoon. But rain temporarily halted their rally to Triangular Park.