Water baby: Rain and waterlogging have been inseparable this wet August, just as this mother and child making their way through a flooded stretch in front of Medica Superspecialty Hospital, off the Bypass, on Wednesday afternoon. Picture by Sanat Kr Sinha
The wettest month of the year could end on a drip-drip rather than downpour note with the weather office predicting brighter skies and hotter days from Friday.
The maximum temperature on Wednesday touched a low of 27.5 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, but that is set for a sharp rise by the weekend.
August has already recorded 670mm of rain in the city, almost double the average of 352.4mm.
The low-pressure formation that was bringing heavy rain to Calcutta for the last few days has moved away to Jharkhand. But because of the rain-bearing clouds it has left in its wake, spells of showers are likely till Thursday afternoon, said G.C. Debnath, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta. From Friday, the sun is set come out and the weather should improve.
In the 24 hours till 5.30pm on Wednesday, the Alipore weather office recorded 51.5mm of rain, taking the cumulative rain count in the city over three weekdays to 121mm (19.5mm on Monday and 50.7mm on Tuesday).
The rain started from 8am and went on for about two hours in fits and starts. That was followed by intermittent rain in different parts of the city, causing waterlogging in many areas. Janmashtami being a holiday, the waterlogging did not inconvenience schoolchildren and spared many office-goers.
The most rainfall between 8am and 3pm on Wednesday was recorded in Jodhpur Park (47mm), Thanthania (45.6mm), Maniktala (43mm), Topsia (39mm) and Palmer Bazaar (38mm).
The weatherman said the low pressure was static in Jharkhand, not far from the Bengal border, throughout Wednesday but was likely to move north towards Bihar because of the prevailing atmospheric conditions. The forecast is for more rain in north Bengal from Friday even as Gangetic Bengal goes relatively dry.
From Friday, it could get sultry with high relative humidity and the mercury is set to touch 34 degrees by Saturday, said a weatherman.
Thursday itself could see a jump of five notches in the maximum temperature, taking it to 32 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, waterlogging was spotted in prime spots in the south like Sunny Park, parts of Gariahat and Ballygunge, and the likes of Shyambazar, Hatibagan, Amherst Street and Sukeas Street up north. But the water drained in double quick time.
No such luck for roads off the Bypass, many leading to hospitals, which remained flooded till late on Wednesday.