Wednesday was the first ‘dry’ day in the city since Ashtami and the weather office predicts it would be more sun and less rain from now on.
The monsoon, however, is yet to withdraw from the city and a quick, light shower cannot be ruled out.
Cyclone Phailin had opened up the skies on Ashtami. The city has since received 156mm of rain with as much as 62mm on Dashami night, making last Puja the wettest in recent memory. The rainfall lessened with the storm weakening since landfall on Saturday and turning into a meek cyclonic circulation that is now positioned over Bihar.
“Till Tuesday, a trough of low pressure had stretched from the cyclonic circulation over Bihar to the Odisha coast, passing over Bankura in Bengal. The trough dissipated on Wednesday. That’s why the moisture incursion and rain stopped and the sun came out,” said G.K. Das, a meteorologist at the Alipore weather office.
The cloud cover is likely to thin even more and the maximum temperature, which at 32.1 degrees Celsius was normal on Wednesday, could go up a degree or two by the weekend.
The chance of light showers lingers because the monsoon winds are outstaying their welcome and still drawing in water vapour from the Bay. The monsoon usually withdraws from Calcutta around October 10.
The city has received 303.5mm of rain this month, almost double the October average of 157.8mm.