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Thunderstorm to bring temporary relief from heat spell for Kolkatans in a few days

Kolkata: High levels of humidity has been causing discomfort for city dwellers for the past couple of days. The situation will continue till early next month, when Monsoon is expected to hit the state. There may be some temporary relief to the people on Sunday or Monday due to thundershower.

Intense heat wave prevailed in most parts of South Bengal on Thursday, with several districts reeling under the intense hot and humid condition.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has already issued a heat wave warning in the Western districts. The Met office has advised people to avoid exposure to heat. Heat wave is prevailing in the districts like West Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum and West Burdwan. "The intense spell is likely to affect the health of infants and elderly people in the region. They should avoid stepping out in the heat," the MeT office said.

The mercury in some of the Western districts touched 42 degree Celsius on Thursday. As the humidity level shot up as well, people were seen perspiring heavily, leading to dehydration.

It may be mentioned here that the entire South Bengal has continued to burn under the scorching sun for the past one week, resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers. The weather office predicted that thunderstorm may bring some respite to the people in the city and South Bengal districts from the intense heat spell in a few days.

"People in the city may get temporary relief from the heat spell on Sunday or Monday as a thunderstorm coupled with rains is expected to hit South Bengal. Monsoon is expected to enter the state next month," a weather official said.

In the meantime, the maximum humidity level in South Bengal districts will hover around 80-85 percent. Due to the high-humidity level, the temperature feel will be more than the real temperature.

Many people coming out of their houses in the scorching sun were found to have covered their faces with scarves in the city on Thursday. A sizeable number of people preferred to stay indoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.

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