Rainfall likely in city & districts in the weekend due to 'Bulbul', coastal areas put on alert

Kolkata: Various South Bengal districts, including the city, may receive light to moderate rainfall this weekend due to the impact of cyclone 'Bulbul', which will approach the Bengal and Odisha coast on Saturday.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, a low pressure trough has formed over the North Andaman Sea, which will turn into a deep depression in the next 24 hours and a cyclonic storm will be formed in the region.

A weather official said that the coastal areas of the state may receive heavy rain while Kolkata and the rest of South Bengal may get less intense showers. The city would remain partially cloudy from Friday.

Some places in South Bengal may witness one or two spells of light rain on Friday before the coastal regions of Bengal and Odisha witness a cyclonic weather due to the impact of 'Bulbul', which would move towards Bangladesh.

The coastal areas of both Bengal and Odisha have been put on alert.

"There is a possibility of consistent rain on Saturday and Sunday due to the impact of the cyclone 'Bulbul'. There is, however, no possibility of heavy rainfall in the city. People in various South Bengal districts may witness cyclonic storm on the late evening hours of Saturday," a weather official said.

The weather officials are yet to determine the course of the cyclone. It is assumed that it may move towards Bangladesh or Myanmar instead of hitting the Indian coastline. The system is likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards towards Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh coasts.

People in South Bengal may witness strong wind blowing in the wee hours of Sunday. Apart from the coastal districts, West Midnapore may also receive heavy rainfall.

The MeT office is yet to predict the timing when winter will officially set in. The temperature may, however, fluctuate in the next couple of days, dropping slightly in the night hours.

The highest temperature may hover around 31 degree Celsius, while the lowest temperature may touch 21 degree Celsius, particularly during night.

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