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Clouds flatter to deceive

Dark clouds brought an untimely evening in Calcutta on Saturday but the rain was much less than expected. Picture shows a road in front of Fort William at 5.22pm. (Bishwarup Dutta)

Calcutta, Sept. 8: Darkness descended on Calcutta at 4pm after a scorching afternoon that seemed more summer than September but the rain was not anywhere near what the sky had threatened.

Drivers had to switch on headlights on most city roads as the streetlights were yet to be turned on. By 4.30pm, most Calcutta roads looked like they would at 7pm on an evening of power cuts, while it poured in spells.

“When I entered office around 2pm, the day was clear, sunny and hot. When I stepped out for a tea break at 4.45pm, it was very dark, rainy and quite cool. It almost seemed like a whole new day. But it did not rain as heavily as I expected,” said 34-year-old techie Parthasarathi Mookerjea, whose office is in Kashba.

A cyclonic circulation over coastal Bengal caused the sudden change after a day-and-a-half of dry weather that followed three days of heavy rainfall since Tuesday.

The circulation caused the incursion of a large volume of moisture from the Bay of Bengal and the formation of thunderclouds over Calcutta, North and South 24-Parganas.

The city could receive scattered rain on Sunday, a Met official said. “Calcutta, its adjoining districts and the coastal belt are likely to get scattered rain tomorrow. But the rain isn’t likely to be heavy,” he said.

The shower dragged the mercury down by around three degrees.