A view of Monohardas Tarag opposite to New Market in Kolkata.
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Kolkata: After reeling under a heat wave, Kolkata today got a marginal relief with the maximum temperature in the city dropping by one notch as against yesterday’s 40.6 degree Celsius.

Other districts in south Bengal too saw the temperature coming down by up to two notches than yesterday. Yet, Bankura and Birbhum still remained under the grip of a heat wave with the maximum temperature being 41.8 degree Celsius and 41 degree Celsius, respectively.

The Alipore Weather Observation Centre has issued a bulletin forecasting a light localised rain or thundershower in some area in Kolkata and also in most of south Bengal districts over the next 48-hours. Till evening, however, this hasn’t happened although a cool easterly wind has started blowing since late in the afternoon.

The weather office has said that monsoon circulation is likely to improve from around 24 June and bring some monsoon rains over West Bengal. In the next 2­-3 days, a cyclonic circulation is likely to develop over eastern India and in turn, strengthen the flow easterly winds over the Gangetic plains in Bengal and Bihar.

The sky in Kolkata is likely to remain partly cloudy on Wednesday with the possibility of thunder or lightning. Although the weather office has said that the maximum temperature will remain around 40 degree Celsius, it is likely to be less tormenting because of the easterly winds.

North Bengal region, where the temperature marginally rose today, is likely to witness moderate rainfall on Wednesday. This will be particularly in the sub-Himalayan districts like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Alipurdura, Cooch Behar, and Jalpaiguri.

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