Youths have a ball on the rainwashed Maidan on Friday. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya
Resuming from its overnight score of 55mm, monsoon added 45mm till 5.30pm on Thursday to clock a cool century in Calcutta.
For two days it played a long, steady innings peppered with some lusty fours and sixes (read intermittent downpour) but it looks like monsoon is wearying out because of unfavourable wind conditions and unlikely to get past the weekend.
Going by the weather office commentary the scoring was in ones and twos (scattered rain) on Friday while the heavy hitting has dried up because the low-pressure area in Odisha has started moving towards Chhattisgarh. As the trough over Bengal’s southern neighbour shifts position, the run(rain)fall over Calcutta and its surrounding areas will reduce to a trickle from Saturday.
“The city will get light rain in the next couple of days. The monsoon flow is likely to weaken in the absence of any wind system in the vicinity,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, the director of the India Meteorological Department in the city.
Fair enough! Calcuttans will relish a weekend game of peekaboo with the sun after 131mm of rainfall this June, which can make SpongeBob Squarepants bob up in joy because it is 12 per cent more than the average for the first 14 days of the month.
South 24-Parganas has done even better with 46 per cent excess rainfall. The district received 172mm of rain. The normal, just as in Calcutta, is 117mm.
If the rain gauge worked overtime over the past two days, the Celsius took a nap after notching up several 38 degrees on the trot when monsoon was warming up on the Bay of Bengal last week.
The maximum temperature dipped six notches below normal to reach 28.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum dropped to 24.4 degrees Celsius, which is three marks below normal.
The figures are the best of the season as the clouds in different formations — black or white but all laden with rain — kept the sun out for the past 48 hours. “It rained almost through the night and morning. It’s very pleasant. This is the perfect start to monsoon,” entrepreneur Anita Nankani of Park Street said.
But Celsius is set to resume duty on Saturday with the wind bowling some reverse swings to take the cloud cover away. The projected score: a maximum of 32 degrees Celsius. And some sweat!