Wednesday, June 22: There is something about monsoons and Kolkata…it brings to mind the cha that Bengalis are always looking for an excuse to indulge in, or it could be the ethereal feel of the Howrah bridge shrouded by greyish clouds. Either way, the rains do add a little something to the beautiful city.
And while the southwest monsoon graced the West Bengal capital and other districts to the south of the state last Saturday (June 18), the rainfall activity has only been mediocre so far. However, the latest forecasts from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicate that seasonal rains will pick up in the coming days.
As per the IMD, southwesterly winds will blow over from the Bay of Bengal to the Northeast and adjoining East India for the next five days, effectively dumping precipitation over the region. Under the influence of these monsoonal winds, the following weather conditions are expected:
- Fairly widespread to widespread rains with thunderstorms and lightning over Gangetic West Bengal from Wednesday to Sunday, June 22-26
- Isolated heavy rains over Gangetic West Bengal on Wednesday, June 22
- Widespread rainfall over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal for the next five days, until Sunday, June 26
- Isolated heavy showers over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal until Sunday, June 26
As for Kolkata, the capital city is likely to experience generally cloudy skies with one or two spells of rainfall and thundershowers over the next few days.
In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch over Gangetic West Bengal until Thursday, June 23, and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal until Sunday, June 26, so as to urge the locals to “be updated” on the local weather situation.
At the district level, an orange alert indicating the need to “be prepared” for heavy rains has been placed over Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Alipurdaur, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong for Wednesday (June 22). The rest of the districts in Gangetic West Bengal will be on a yellow watch for the day.
Thanks to these wet conditions, Kolkata will catch a break from the hot weather. The mercury, which stood at 37°C on Tuesday, is expected to drop to 34°C on Wednesday and 32°C on Thursday.
It remains to be seen if the rains in the coming days also bring the city’s monsoon rainfall stats closer to normal. Due to the delayed and listless start to the monsoon in the city, Kolkata has recorded deficient rains between June 1 and 21.
West Bengal as a whole, however, has registered normal rains of 210 mm in this duration — 13% more than its average.
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