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Kolkata: Intense downpour is likely to give Kolkata and the south Bengal districts a break from Thursday and scale down into a moderate rainfall for the next 48-hours.

This is even as the north Bengal region, especially the sub-Himalayan districts, may receive heavy to very heavy showers of up to 200 mm, the weather office said today.

Contrary to the heavy rainfall warning that the weather office had sounded for Kolkata, the city has witnessed a moderate shower since yesterday evening to the evening today. Southern parts of Kolkata received more rains than the north.

The rains occurred in two spells ~ one around noon and another in the afternoon. In between it was a bright sky, dazzling with a rain washed sunlight.

According to Kolkata Municipal Corporation, today it has rained 25 mm at Garden Reach, 19.5 mm at New Market, 18 mm at Topsia, 14 mm at Alipore, 12 mm at Patuli, 11 mm at Ballygunge, 8 mm at Ultadanaga, and 3 mm at Dum Dum.  Neighboring Howrah received about 25 mm showers.

The weather office has said that from Thursday, the rain will subside further in Kolkata and south Bengal. The sky will be generally cloudy with one or two spells of intermittent rain or thundershower.

On the other hand, with a cyclonic circulation over Bihar and adjoining sub-Himalayan Bengal merging with an east-west trough, north Bengal is likely to witnesses heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48-hours.

The weather office also today announced that the monsoon has finally covered all of Bengal. This means almost the entire will receive rains ~ be it light, moderate, or heavy ~ throughout the rest of the week.

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