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Rainfall to hinder Puja revellers from Shasthi to Ashtami

Kolkata: Various South Bengal districts received scattered rainfall coupled with thundershower and lightning on Panchami morning. The city received light rainfall in the morning as well. It stopped raining later in the day.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that the South Bengal districts will continue to receive intermittent rainfall from Shasthi to Ashtami, while the situation may further be complicated on Nabami and Dashami.

According to the MeT office, the intensity of the rainfall may slightly go up on the last two days of Durga puja. However, there is no prediction of heavy rainfall as of now.

A senior official of the weather office said that there is no existing low pressure trough in the state, but the amount of water vapour is high in the air which will form thunderclouds, thereby contributing towards more rainfall in the state in the next couple of days.

The highest temperature in the city may hover at around 34 degree Celsius, while the lowest temperature may remain around 26 degree Celsius. The humidity level may haunt the people in the next 24 hours as well.

The MeT office has also predicted that a low pressure trough may form over Bay of Bengal on October 7-8, as a result of which more rain is expected in all the South Bengal districts on Saptami and Ashtami.

Rain still haunts Kolkatans before their biggest festival begins on Friday. Puja revellers are being forced to carry umbrellas with them while visiting pandals.

The Puja organisers in the city are also anxious due to the weather prediction. Many of the organisers have already formed a dedicated group to keep tab of all the latest weather updates and the steps needed to prevent the rain from spoiling the celebrations.

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