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Heavy pre-monsoon showers to hit South Bengal districts on Wednesday, monsoon yet to arrive

Kolkata: Various South Bengal districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday coupled with gusty winds, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore.

An alert has been issued to the fishermen in the coastal districts, asking them not to voyage into the sea in the wake of a heavy thundershower coupled with gusty wind which is likely to hit South Bengal districts on Wednesday. Pre-monsoon showers have already hit the state on Sunday and it may continue to rain in South Bengal till next Friday.

According to the prediction of the weather office, the North Bengal districts will also witness heavy rainfall along with thunderstorm later this week. A low pressure trough has currently been extending from Punjab to Manipur, causing the pre-monsoon showers in Gangetic Bengal and some other states as well.

Apart from Bengal, rains have also been predicted in the states like Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. Winds measuring around 50-60 km per hour will be sweeping through various parts of the state in the evening hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

The sky may remain cloudy in some parts of South Bengal on Wednesday and Thursday. There may be pre-monsoon showers in South Bengal districts on a daily basis or on alternate days, in the first week of June.

The MeT office also says that the weather system may trigger lightning in some South Bengal districts during the evening hours.

The MeT office is yet to announce the exact timing of the arrival of monsoon in the state. It is presumed that the city might receive pre-monsoon rains at a regular interval till the Southwest monsoon makes its presence felt.

The arrival of monsoon in Bengal would be determined once it hits Kerala. The weather office prediction says that monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on June 6. In normal cases, the date of arrival of Monsoon in Kerala is June 1, putting the deviation at five days, a weather official said.

It may be mentioned here that the pre-monsoon rain has brought some respite to the people in South Bengal from the hot and humid conditions, as the mercury has dropped by a few notches. The humidity level that had shot up a few days ago has also gone down considerably.

The average temperature in South Bengal districts may hover between 33 and 35 degree Celsius in the next couple of days, the weather office said.

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