Welcome evening respite from punishing heat wave
A norwester hit the city along with four south Bengal districts on Saturday evening. This brought a welcome respite to the citizens who had been waiting for rain for the past few days.
Senior officials of the Alipore Met office said that along with the city, the norwester East and West Midnapore, Howrah and Hooghly.
They said more rain was expected in the night but from Monday the city would again experience unbearable heat.
For the past three days, the Met office had been predicting rain. The norwester hit the city at around 7.45 pm and there was rain accompanied by squall. It uprooted trees on Harish Mukherjee Road, Gurusaday Dutta Road and Alipore Road, affecting traffic for some time. The staffs of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Disaster Management swung into action and cleared the road. The city police deployed more traffic sergeants to control the movement of vehicles which had slowed down because of the rain.
Trees were uprooted in Hooghly and Howrah while some mud houses were damaged in East Midnapore.
The city had woken up to an overcast sky in the morning. But as the day progressed, there were no signs of rain and the heat became unbearable.
However, the sky became cloudy in the evening and finally the rain brought down the temperature.
Some youths were found dancing on the street to get wet.