Rains may continue in city, South Bengal districts till Friday
Kolkata: The Regional Meteorological Office at Alipore predicted that rain might continue in the city and South Bengal districts till Friday due to a low pressure trough formed over the Bay of Bengal in the Andhra coastal area. The city woke up to a wet day on Wednesday with office-goers facing difficulties while going to work.
There is also an alert of heavy rainfall in the coastal areas. East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas are among the districts which may see moderate to heavy rainfall. In some parts of the South Bengal, people may witness strong wind. According to the weather office prediction, wind speed measuring around 40-50 km per hour may pass over some of the South Bengal districts.
According to weather experts, the situation may improve from the Friday as the low pressure trough which is currently situated over Bay of Bengal may weaken. However, people in South Bengal districts will get no respite from the rain on Thursday.
There is, however, no prediction of rain in the North Bengal districts while the sky will remain cloudy. There had been incessant rain in the city and its adjoining districts from early Wednesday morning. People came out of their houses with an umbrella to reach their destinations. In some places in the city, traffic movement was slower compared to other days due to incessant rain.
The weather experts also said that winter will set in and the temperature will go down after the low pressure trough gets cleared. It is expected that the city dwellers may feel the winter chill from the next week.
The untimely rain has also put the civic bodies on alert as it might aggravate the dengue situation in the state. Atin Ghosh, Member and Mayor-in-Council (Health) said that the condition of rain will not have much impact if the city temperature remains under 18-20 degree celsius. If it goes up, then it may be a problem, maintained Ghosh. In the lower temperature, the dengue larvae cannot thrive and the breeding would be stopped.
With the advent of untimely rain, the city doctors have given some instructions on how to be safe from mosquitoes. They said that the students must wear dresses covering their hands and legs. People can also use various mosquito repellent in their dresses to keep away the mosquitoes.
It may be mentioned that due to rain, the crops have been damaged in some parts of South 24 Parganas including Pathar Pratima and Kakdwip.
It may be mentioned that the Indian cricket team also cancelled its scheduled training session on Wednesday at Eden Gardens due to inclement weather. India will play the first Test against Sri Lanka in this venue from Thursday.