Alipore Weather Observation Centre.
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Kolkata: People in Bengal who have been reeling under tormenting heat for the past over two weeks can look forward to some relief at last as the southwest monsoon is all set to foray into the state on 9 June.

According to the Alipore Weather Observation Centre in Kolkata, southwest monsoon, which is now hovering over Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, will venture into the state starting with north Bengal. By 11 June, the monsoon is expected to cover the rest of Bengal.

As a precursor to the advent of monsoon, pre-showers have already started in north Bengal from today afternoon where in some parts it has rained very heavily. Kolkata and the adjoining districts in south Bengal too received some showers today afternoon.

This is due to a low pressure over the North Bay of Bengal, the weather office said. Over the next 48-hours, the low pressure will intensify into a depression resulting in thundershower coupled with gusty wind and lightning.

In view of this, the weather office has advised fishermen in Bengal not to venture into the sea from Friday till further notice. Those now in deep seas have been advised to return before Friday noon.

The maximum temperature in Kolkata today has been recorded at 36.5 degree Celsius, which was two notches above normal. The minimum temperature at 28.1 degree Celsius too was up by a notch than normal. Past the light rain in the afternoon, the relative humidity has shot up to 95 per cent from what was 63 in the morning.