A heat wave swept through South Bengal districts on Thursday. It may continue for the next couple of days, State Meteorological office has warned.
Heat wave and loo has also been sweeping through Asansol Durgapur.
The people in the city also felt sweltering heat from the morning as Kolkata on Thursday recorded the highest temperature of 39 degree Celsius, three degree above normal. The Met office said that Thursday was the hottest day of the season so far. The city dwellers had felt discomforting and sultry weather since the morning. As there was high humidity in the air, people were perspiring from the morning. Many of the people who came out on the road in scorching summer had wrapped their faces with handkerchief. According to the experts in the field, this time of the year generally does not see such a rise in temperature but this year is an exception because of the heat wave coming from the neighbouring states.
Bankura recorded highest temperature with 45 degree Celsius on Thursday and Kolkata registering around 40 degree Celsius. The MeT department said that the temperature is going up in the state particularly in the Southern districts as a heat wave has been blowing to the state from Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. According to MeT office the temperature will be around 42-43 degree Celsius in the South Bengal districts for next few days.
In North Bengal there may be rain in the next few days, according to the prediction of Met office.
The cold drink shops and road side stalls selling lemon water, soda across the state had a good business on Thursday as people were seen having cold drinks to comfort themselves in the sweltering heat. Some others were found standing in the queue to have Lassi from a stall in Dharmatala area on Thursday afternoon. Doctors, however, said that in view of excessive heat people should take more liquid and use umbrellas while going out. It is advisable to use sun glasses to avoid the scorching heat. Doctors further advised that if anyone suffering from irritation or redness in the eyes they should contact doctors immediately without wasting time. They also advised anyone suffering from fever should be taken to the nearby health care establishments.