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Kolkata: If Kolkatans were writhing under nearly unbearable hot and sultry weather throughout the day today, there’s a reason to it! The temperature in the city today was highest in the month of June in the last 11 years, if not more.

According to the Alipore Weather Observation Centre, the maximum temperature in Kolkata today was 40.6 degree Celsius, seven notches above normal. The minimum temperature was 30 degree Celsius, up by three notches than normal.

“Our readily available record says, today’s was the highest temperature in June since 2008. The closest to this in the last 11 years was 40.2 degree Celsius recorded on 4 June 2012,” said Sanjib Banerjee, the deputy director general of the Indian Meteorological Department at Alipore.

Prior to today, the city had experienced a maximum temperature of 40 degree Celsius last Friday (15 June), which was the highest until then. The city has since been suffering under a scorching hot weather.

On top of this, the weather office has sounded a warning for a heat wave in Kolkata and Gangetic districts of Bengal over the next 48-hours, i.e. till 20 June. The weather will be very hot and discomforting, it said.

Banerjee has attributed three reasons for this prolonged heat wave condition which is tormenting the people in south Bengal.

“First, the monsoon has become extremely weak. Secondly, there’s a flow of westerly and north-westerly winds into the state, which is robbing moisture from the air. Then, there’s an absence of any weather system over the state that can facilitate rains.”

While Kolkata was doing 40.6 degree Celsius, the state’s traditionally hot zone Bankura saw the maximum temperature shooting up to 42.4 degree Celsius. But for Bankura, such temperature is not unusual. It had recorded a maximum temperature of 43.3 degree Celsius on 4 June last year.

Digha, the most preferred beach destination in Bengal, however, today witnessed a weather abnormality similar to Kolkata.

At Digha, the maximum temperature today was 38.9 degree Celsius, just 0.1 notch below than the all-time record temperature of 39 degree Celsius recorded on 28 June 1991. Here too, the deviation for normal is by seven notches upward.

As compared this tormenting situation in south Bengal, a pleasant weather is prevailing in north Bengal, where the maximum temperature is below normal. The weather office has forecast rain or thundershowers in most parts of the region in the next two days.