A cyclonic circulation has finally brought Calcuttans relief from the hot and humid spell of the past few days, with the weather office predicting Thursday’s cloud cover to continue till the weekend.
The city got its first showers in six days because of the cyclonic circulation. Places in north and east Calcutta got more rainfall than the south.
The weatherman expects similar weather — clouds blocking out the sun and bringing intermittent light to moderate showers — to continue for the next two to three days.
“The temperature finally came down on Thursday. I have been out shopping in the evening over the past week. Only on Thursday, I did not feel the need to switch on the car AC,” said Ananya Mitra of Southern Avenue.
Thursday’s maximum temperature — recorded around 11.30am — was 33.6 degrees Celsius, a drop of 2.2 degrees from Wednesday. The showers started around noon, bringing the mercury down to 30 degrees by 2.30pm. The maximum temperature is likely to drop further on Friday.
“The cyclonic circulation over the north Bay of Bengal is active and has pulled the monsoon trough towards it. Under the impact of the two systems, moisture-laden air from the sea is flowing to the land, resulting in rain in Calcutta and other parts of south Bengal. Light to moderate rain is likely in the next 72 hours,” said a senior Met official.
The rainfall will, however, continue to be unevenly distributed.
The city has received 271.3mm of rain so far in September, against the month’s 30-year average of 312.5mm
Weather scientists hope the “normal” mark will be reached as the cyclonic circulation is likely to stay active for at least a couple of days.
Power supply to the Andul Road, Mourigram, Unsani, Chunavati, Andul Vivekananda Pally and Satyen Bose Road areas may be disrupted between 11.30am and 3.30pm on Friday because of maintenance by CESC. On Saturday, supply to James Long Sarani, Sakherbazar Bhutan Mohan Road, Narasingha Dutta Road, Bose Para and other parts of Behala may be disrupted between 10am and noon.