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Kolkata: People in Kolkata today braved a maximum temperature of 40 degree Celsius, recorded only third time in the month of June over the last one decade.

On top of it, it was as much as seven notches above normal and the departure was highest in the state. The traditional hot belt of Bankura saw an upward departure of only three notches and Sriniketan recorded a swing of six notches in the maximum temperature today.

But this is not the end of the story. The worse is in store as the Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata this evening has issued a heat wave warning for Kolkata and the rest of south Bengal for the next two days, that is, until Sunday.

“Due to weak monsoon flow and prevailing strong west to north-westerly wind in lower levels, moderate heat wave condition is likely to prevail over the districts of south West Bengal including Kolkata during the next 48 hours,” warning bulletin reads.

It will be very hot and humid adding to the discomfort of the people living in the region.

The warning comes after Kolkata and most of south Bengal, barring Nadia and Murshidabad, braved an extremely hot day with the sun burning like coal in a heart. In Kolkata, the sky turned hazy in the second half of the day, shooting up the humidity level and with it the discomfort.

Prior to today, Kolkata recorded a 40 degree Celsius temperature the last time on 11 June 2016 and 40.2 degree Celsius on 4 June in 2012. Whereas, the average maximum temperature recorded over the last one decade is much lower at 33.8 degree Celsius.

Sriniketan in Birbhum today recorded a maximum temperature of 40.4 degree Celsius but it was a departure by six notches than normal. In case of Bankura also the maximum temperature today was 40.4 degree Celsius but the departure from normal was by three notches.

The north Bengal districts, on the other hand, relished in a comfortable weather. The maximum temperature today in Jalpaiguri was 31.5 degree Celsius and in Cooch Behar 30.4 degree Celsius, down by one notch in both the places. The Met office has forecast rain in the region tomorrow and the day after.