The rain gods’ affair with Calcutta refuses to end, thanks to a stubborn low-pressure area that has stayed put over the Bay of Bengal for more than 24 hours.
The low-pressure system had formed near the Tamil Nadu coast on Monday, coinciding with monsoon’s departure from the city after an extended run.
The sun did not make even a guest appearance on Tuesday and there is little chance it will for at least another day, the Met office said.
The maximum temperature slumped to 27.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, to make Tuesday’s reading the lowest since August 28.
Weather scientists had expected the low-pressure system to make landfall in Tamil Nadu by Tuesday and lose sting, but it continues to draw moisture-laden air from the Bay and push it to land.
“Rain will continue on Wednesday in large stretches of coastal Bengal, including Calcutta,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, director of the India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.
The low-pressure area has brought varying amounts of rain to different parts of the city. While the Alipore Met office recorded a little more than 25mm of rain over two days, areas like Behala received 30mm in just one spell on Monday.
The silver lining is that the system has not intensified into a depression, as was being feared.