Bengal to witness monsoon onset in mid-June, says MeT
Kolkata: Monsoon is expected to enter Bengal by the middle of June, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday.
Meanwhile, various South Bengal districts continue to receive pre-monsoon rains bringing down the mercury by a few notches. People in North Bengal districts also witnessed rainfall in various parts on Thursday.
The MeT office on Wednesday predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in various South Bengal districts for the next 48 hours. A scattered rainfall lashed various parts of South Bengal on Thursday as it was predicted by the weather office.
City dwellers breathed a sigh of relief after the pre-monsoon rains that hit the state checked the rising mercury level that shot up in the past few weeks.
Many South Bengal districts, including the city had been under tremendous heat spell. Pre-monsoon rains brought a temporary relief from the scorching summer heat. Bablu Sona (40), a resident of Kheyadaha area under Narendrapur police station area in South 24-Parganas died after being struck by lightning.
The incident occurred on Thursday morning. The victim was working on a field when lightning struck him. Some local residents rushed him to Subhasgram hospital where he was declared brought dead.
A moderate to heavy rain coupled with thunderstorm lashed various South Bengal districts in the evening hours of Thursday.
It will further intensify in the next 24 hours, as moisture laden wind from Bay of Bengal is entering the state, a weather official said.
According to the MeT office prediction, the monsoon is expected to enter the state after June 15. It will hit Kerala on June 8-9. It will take around a week to reach the state, the weather office presumes. Heavy showers coupled with thunderstorm are expected to hit the districts such as North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah and East Midnapore in the next 24 hours. There will be heavy showers in North Bengal districts as well.
"The mercury is expected to remain below normal both in North and South Bengal districts giving a relief to the people from the hot and humid condition. The discomfort by the high level of humidity will also reduce to intermittent rainfall in the next couple of days. People will experience a pleasant weather," a weather official said. The official said: "A low pressure trough has currently been extending from Rajasthan to Mizoram contributing to the weather system that brings the pre-monsoon rainfall."