Siliguri/ Kolkata: True to the forecast, a vast part of north Bengal are witnessing intense thunderstorm and hail showers from around noon today 28 February.
It’s showering in neighbouring Sikkim too and there has been some snowfall at Tsomgo (Chhangu) and Lachung in that state since last night.
Bhutan, another sought-after tourist destination adjoining the region, has been receiving heavy snow since last night and several roads there have been closed to traffic.
This comes on a day Kolkata and most parts of south Bengal region experiencing intermittent spells of thunderstorms and heavy showers for the fifth consecutive day. The weather had turned inclement from the night of 24 February.
Siliguri, Darjeeling Hills and the Dooars in north Bengal began the day on a partially cloudy note and the sun was peeping through here and there.
But from around 11 am it started raining, which turned into an intense thunderstorm and hail showers a little after noon.
Darjeeling Hills, especially Kurseong, has received heavy hail showers covering the roads, vegetable fields, and tea garden under a white carpet. Some residents said that the hails were as large as 2.5 inches in diameter.
In its latest forecast issued today noon, the Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata has said that north Bengal will continue to witness thunderstorm and hail showers through tomorrow 1 March.
The region will get some respite on 2 March but only to brace for inclement weather again on 3-4 March.
As regards Kolkata and adjoining districts in south Bengal, the day broke with a heavy spell of rain. With the progress of the day, the rain has receded but it lashing out intermittently in brief spells. The sky is mostly overcast.
According to the weather office, till 8.30 this morning, it has rained 90 mm in north Kolkata and 68 mm in south Kolkata.
Canning and Diamond Harbour in South 24-Parganas has received 130 mm rain; Kalaikunda in West Midnapore 90 mm: Haldia in East Midnapore 80 mm; Uluberia in Howrah 70 mm; Santiniketan 30 mm; Krishnagar (Nadia) and Asansol (West Burdwan) 20 mm.
The forecast says that while Kolkata can look forward to a mostly dry day tomorrow (1 March); Murshidabad, Nadia, Bankura, and Birbhum are likely to witness thunderstorm and moderate to heavy rain.
Night temperature in the region will fall by up to 3 notches by the weekend.