City to brace for thundershowers till weekend as MeT office issues heavy rainfall alert
Kolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has issued a heavy rainfall alert in some South Bengal districts, including the city, in the next 48 hours.
According to a MeT department official, heavy showers coupled with thunderstorm and lightning are expected to hit the districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, Hooghly, Howrah and East Midnapore, particularly in the evening hours.
The mercury is expected to remain below 36 degree Celsius in these districts, giving a sense of respite to the people from the hot and humid condition. The humidity level will not shoot up in the next couple of days, as a result of which people will experience a comparatively pleasant weather. The other districts will also receive rainfall.
A brief spell of rain drenched the city and some others districts on Wednesday afternoon, bringing some relief from the heat. Some districts, however, received rainfall along with gusty winds in the evening.
It may be mentioned here that pre-monsoon showers have already hit the city and other South Bengal districts on June 2, following which the weather office had predicted that some of the South Bengal districts would continue to receive pre-monsoon rain almost on a regular basis.
In the past few days, various districts had received scattered rainfall, giving a feeling that the advent of monsoon is now just a matter of time.
The Met office is yet to officially announce as to when monsoon will enter the state. It is, however, expected to hit the state after June 8. The arrival of monsoon in Bengal would only be determined once it hits Kerala.
A senior weather official said on Wednesday that a low pressure trough has currently been extending from Rajasthan to Mizoram. In addition to that, a high pressure zone has formed over Bangladesh which will gain more strength in the next 48 hours, bringing rainfall in the state. Some parts of North Bengal may also witness moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, as predicted by the weather office. This system is intensifying the pre-monsoon showers in Gangetic Bengal and some other states as well. The weather system may also trigger thundershower and lightning in some parts.
"The humidity level in the city will remain under control in the South Bengal districts and the temperature may go down by a few notches. Heavy rains are expected in the next two days in the city and various other districts of South Bengal," a senior official from the MeT office said.