According to the Alipore meteorological department the monsoon has reached the state by a delay of about a week than the normal schedule.
The city and its northern fringes had received light to moderate showers on various occasions from Friday night. Various North Bengal and South Bengal districts also received light to moderate rainfall in the past 24 hours.
The monsoon rain has brought respite to the people who were reeling under excessive heat for last few months. Due to the rain the maximum and minimum temperatures in the city dropped by few notches.
The city dwellers also got a relief from the sultry and uncomfortable weather that was prevailing in various parts of South Bengal districts including Kolkata for sometimes. The humidity level in the city and its adjoining parts had reached beyond normal and it had made the lives uncomfortable for the citizens of the city.
The regional meteorological office at Alipore has predicted heavy rainfall in various parts of North Bengal and light to moderate rain in the city and its adjoining areas in the next 48 hours. According to MeT office the city’s sky may remain overcast in the next two days.
According to the MeT office, the monsoon entered Bengal on June 14 via North Bengal with heavy rains across the state. Heavy rains lashed parts of sub-Himalayan parts of Bengal on Thursday giving an indication to the end of the sweltering heat of summer that had lasted for more than three months.
Cooch Behar received 87.8 mm rainfall since Friday, while the Darjeeling Hills received 19 mm, the MeT department said. Asansol and Bankura received 21.6 mm and 9.6 mm rainfall respectively. Birbhum received a negligible amount of rainfall but the maximum temperature there dropped by two notches.
The weather office has predicted heavy rainfall in the next two days in the sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar. According to the MeT office, in Gangetic West Bengal there is a possibility of rain or thundershower in the next two days.
A senior official at the Alipore Met office said that arrival of monsoon has resulted in strong cyclonic formation over the coastal area Odisha and Bengal.