New Market in Kolkata during the rain today.
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Kolkata: At last! At last, it has rained in Kolkata and several south Bengal districts today after a prolonged spell of scorching heat and heat wave in some areas.

Much to the forecast by the weather office, a moderate to heavy rain lashed over Kolkata, the suburbs, and the districts of North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, Burdwan, West Midnapore, and Purulia.

This on a day Kolkata and the suburbs woke to up blazing sky with no signs of clouds in most parts. But around 11.40 am, a strong north-easterly wind suddenly started blowing and soon it began to rain heavily with intermittent lightning.

People, who were out on the streets, were caught by surprise with the sudden downpour but none seemed to be complaining while rushing to the nearest building for a cover. The spell of heavy rain lasted barely for 25 minutes and then got demoted into a drizzle till about 3.30 in the afternoon.

By then, the maximum temperature dipped by several notches to 36.1 degree Celsius as against 39.6 degree Celsius recorded yesterday.

According to Kolkata Municipal Corporation, it has rained 43 mm at New Market, 16 mm at Dum Dum, 24 mm at Maniktala, 30 mm at Belgachia, 45 mm at Topsia, 38 mm at Bullygunge, 18 mm at Alipore, and 29 mm at Patuli.

The districts too witnessed some rains but there, the rains intensified towards the afternoon. It has rained 26 mm at Canning in South 24-Parganas, 18 mm at Purulia, 8 mm at Krishnanagar, and 4 mm at Bankura. Kandi in Murshidabad received around 100 mm rain between yesterday evening and the morning today.

The Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata has forecast intermittent rain or thundershower in all of Bengal over the next two days. It has attributed this to a cyclonic circulation over Bihar and East Bangladesh which is pumping in easterly winds to Bengal.

The monsoon, however, is likely to make a comeback to the state only by the weekend and cause regular showers that are typical of the season.