No respite from heat spell until advent of monsoon in early June, says MeT office

Kolkata: The city dwellers have been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days, a situation which has been further aggravated due to the high levels of humidity prevailing across the South Bengal districts.

The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that there will be no relief from the heat spell as of now and humidity levels will continue to affect the people in South Bengal districts till the onset of monsoon, which is expected to hit the state early next month.

People from North Bengal districts have experienced rainfall on a number of occasions in the past few days. They heaved a sigh of relief as a thunderstorm brought some respite from the scorching summer heat. However, as there were no major thunderstorms in South Bengal in the last two days, the people continue to burn with mercury hovering around 35-39 degree Celsius in some districts.

Western districts like Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore, Jhargram, West Burdwan and Birbhum are under the impact of a heat wave. As the humidity has shot up, people are facing high levels of discomfort. The mercury has been hovering over 42 degree Celsius in some of the Western districts.

The weather office says the heat wave condition will prevail until the monsoon sets in after June 5. There may be some occasional rainfall in some parts of the state, particularly in North Bengal, but it will be insufficient to bring permanent relief to the people.

Last week, a thundershower along with gusty winds swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening.

"South Bengal will continue to burn in the scorching summer heat this week. The situation may change early next month as monsoon is likely to hit the state. There will be high discomfort level due to humidity. There may be one or two spells of thundershowers in North Bengal in the next few days," a weather official said.

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