Weather Update, April 26: West Bengal’s capital city, Kolkata, and other areas in the state may receive rainfall on Thursday, bringing some relief from the scorching heat.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the presence of moisture-carrying clouds and a good chance of thundershower activity in parts of South Bengal.
The intensity of rain, however, will depend on factors like the cloud mass, according to the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre Kolkata, GK Das.
Overall, the temperature will remain around the normal mark or slightly below normal. The presence of a cyclonic circulation over parts of south Bengal will trigger thunderstorm activity, which will keep the heat at bay.
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The city of Kolkata experienced a drop in temperature on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and the humidity level went up, primarily due to the moisture-bearing cloud incursion in south Bengal. However, residents are still experiencing high real-feel temperatures, which may increase in the coming days.
On Tuesday, Kolkata recorded a maximum temperature of 33.7 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal, and a minimum temperature of 23.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below average. The maximum and minimum temperatures on Wednesday are expected to be around 35 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Last week, Kolkata experienced temperatures higher than the mercury level in the Thar desert, with many parts of the city witnessing heatstroke incidents. While IMD is banking on the presence of cyclonic circulation to trigger thunderstorm activity, it may not be enough to ease the heat and humidity levels in the city.