Kolkata: Monsoon has finally made a comeback in Kolkata and the rest of Bengal but with it has brought in a cause for concern in some parts of the state.
The weather office has issued a warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall (70 mm – 200 mm) in a few places in sub-Himalayan districts in north Bengal over the next three days.
The warning comes on a day when some areas in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts have already witnessed 30 m to a whopping 250 mm rains in the past 24-hours till 8.30 today morning. More rains over the next three days mean a threat to road and rail communications and to people living by riverbanks and low-lying areas.
As compared to the warning for north Bengal, the weather in Kolkata and most of south Bengal is likely to remain pleasant with possibilities of a thunderstorm with gusty wind and lightning.
The day in Kolkata today started with an overcast sky but a high level of humidity made people sweat a little in the first half of the day. But as the day progressed, the weather turned cool with some parts of the city experiencing a drizzle and some parts light rain.
Mukundapur and Patuli on the southern fringes of the city received a rainfall of 6.6 mm and 9.4 mm, respectively. In case of Ultadanga, Alipore, Behala, and Joka it has barely rained 1 mm till the evening. North and central Kolkata have not seen a rainfall as yet.
But thanks to the cloudy sky and steady flow of south-westerly winds, the maximum temperature in Kolkata today dipped by two notches below normal. It was only 31 degree Celsius as compared to 40.6 degree Celsius last Monday (18 June). The minimum temperature in the city today was 28.4 degree Celsius, up by two notches than normal.
The weather office has forecast that the sky in Kolkata will remain mostly cloudy for better parts of the next week and there will be intermittent light to moderate thundershower.