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Celsius soars

Heatwave conditions continued in Calcutta for the fifth day as the maximum temperature touched 41.1 degrees Celsius on Friday.

The forecast rules out rain during the weekend.

“The heatwave in the city is likely to continue for the next two days. No weather system near Calcutta has been observed that would draw moisture for the formation of clouds,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, director of the India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.

According to accuweather.com, the temperature was 32 degrees Celsius at 8am while relative humidity stood at 69 per cent. But the discomfort level was 43 degrees because of the excessive heat and humidity, experts said.

Monsoon normally arrives in Calcutta on June 8. “Our calculations show that monsoon would reach Kerala on June 5, five days behind time. Calcutta too can expect a late start to the rainy season,” a Met official said.

HC vacation

Calcutta High Court’s two-week summer recess will start on May 19. The court will reopen on June 3. Vacation benches will seat to hear important cases on May 20, 22, 27, and 29.