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City receives mild rain, more to follow in 48 hrs

Kolkata: The city and various South Bengal districts received light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted heavy rainfall in some of the South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours.

The weather office has also issued an alert to the fishermen in coastal districts, urging them not to venture into the city in the next two days, due to a combination of an active low pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal and monsoon axis.

Those who have already gone to the sea have been asked to return to the seashore, as the sea is expected to remain turbulent.

The weather office prediction says that a low pressure trough that has already formed over the Bay of Bengal will intensify further, bringing heavy rainfall in some South Bengal districts.

It would start raining in the coastal districts from Wednesday night and may continue till Thursday.

According to a weather official, the monsoon axis may also remain active in South Bengal districts till August 8, which will bring some more rainfall. The weather officials believe that the deficit in rainfall may be compensated to some extent.

It is presumed that in the current month, the state will receive more amount of rainfall than what it has witnessed in the past two months, a weather official said.

The city on Tuesday remained partly cloudy from the morning and the city-dwellers witnessed a downpour in the afternoon hours. Various South Bengal districts, including the city, have seen scattered rainfall in the past couple of days, which has brought relief to the people in South Bengal from the sweltering heat and the high humidity prevailing for months.

According to the weather office prediction, apart from the coastal districts of South 24-Parganas and East Midnapore, the other districts like North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram will also receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. North Bengal districts may also receive moderate rainfall in the next two days.

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