Calcuttans may get a respite from the swelter of the past few days, with the weather office hinting at the possibility of rain resulting from a low-pressure area over the Bengal coast.
“The low-pressure area should result in rain in the next 48 hours,” said an official in the weather department.
According to Met office records, the weather has never been so hot during this time of the year in recent years (see chart). Records show that in the seven days between September 21 and 27 from 2007 to 2011, there was just one day when the maximum temperature was in excess of 34 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 35.5 degrees Celsius on September 27, 2010.
But this year, all seven days in the corresponding week have had a maximum temperature of more than 34 degrees.
“It feels just like a hot summer day. The sun is beating down and it is extremely humid. I felt drained by the time I reached my Sector V office from Bangur,” said Aabira Mullick, 24, who does a noon-10pm shift.
Wednesday saw the highest maximum temperature in the last three months, with the maximum shooting up to 35.9 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal. The maximum discomfort index — a measure of the effect of heat and relative humidity on the body — during the day was 63, five notches above normal.
“The monsoon trough has weakened and there is no strong wind system to draw moisture from the sea. That explains the lack of rain clouds and the steady rise of temperature, unusual in the second and third weeks of September,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.
The cumulative rainfall between September 21 and 27 this year is 89.2mm. On Sunday night alone, it poured 87.4mm.
Effectively, that was the only rain day — days when it rains more than 2.5mm — during the period. Met records show there are usually at least four to five rain days between September 21 and 28.
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