A heavy rain in the morning has brought much awaited respite to the city dwellers after a spell of tormenting heat. The Regional Meteorological office Alipore has predicted that the monsoon is likely to enter the city within the next 4-5 days.
The city and its adjoining parts have witnessed heavy rain from 7 am on Monday and it lasted for one and a half hour at a stretch, in several parts of the city and the suburbs. The rain which was accompanied with lightning and thunderstorm had affected the normal life, as many people were stuck inside their houses and started off for their offices a little late.
Various parts of North Bengal particularly Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar have been receiving rainfall since Sunday evening with an average rainfall of 29 mm. According to the Alipore weather office, the city has received an average rainfall of 31.7 mm till 8:30 am. The rain had resulted in a temperature drop to 24.3 degree Celsius (minimum). The temperature stood at 30.2 degree Celsius
The individual breakup of rainfall at various localities within the city till 8 am was Manicktola 22 mm, Dhapa 37 mm, Ultadanga 28 mm, Pamarbazar 37 mm, Thanthania 29.6 mm, Ballygung 38 mm, Jodhpur Park 27 mm, Kalighta 31.4 mm, Duttabagan 27 mm, Jhinjirabazar 27 mm and Behala 32 mm.
The weather office has predicted that there may be isolated thundershower in the city and its neighbouring places throughout the day. According to the Met office, Monday’s rain was not an effect of the pre-monsoon shower. It was a result of locally generated thunderstorm and the formation of cyclone which extended up to Bengal from Bihar. In the last few days, the city’s temperature was high due to the incoming of hot and dry air from the western parts of the country. On the other hand it may be mentioned that the South West monsoon is now hovering over Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and it would take at least 4-5 days to enter Bengal via North East.