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Rain cloud over Knight match

The city may get some rain on Saturday but it is unlikely to be strong enough to spoil the season’s last home game of the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

A well-marked low-pressure area over the Bay that had been heading towards Myanmar-Bangladesh changed course and meandered towards the Indian coast on Friday.

“Under the influence of the system, the city could get some rain on Saturday evening or night. And if the system homes in on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast, Calcutta could get rain over the next two days as well,” said a senior official of the India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.

Team SRK, currently on a six-match winning streak, would give anything to garner full points from their last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad to stand a chance of finishing among the top two sides in the IPL-7 points table.

That would give them two shots at making it to the final.

According to IPL rules, the top two teams play the “first qualifier”. While the winning team makes it to final straightaway, all is not lost for the loser, who play the winner of the “eliminator” between the third and fourth teams. If they win that contest, they book a ticket to the final.

Another incentive for KKR to finish among the top two would be that the first qualifier will be played at Eden where the Knights would get home advantage.

According to the Met office, cloud formation over Calcutta should start from Saturday afternoon and there is a possibility of rain later in the evening as well as on Sunday and Monday.

A depression had formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. Numerical models used by the Met department suggested it would head north-east towards Myanmar-Bangladesh but on Friday it recurved towards India and kept moving slowly towards the coast.

Weather scientists said under the changed circumstances, the system was hovering over the sea for a longer duration than anticipated. “As a result, the start of rain would be a little later than we had calculated,” said a scientist.

Going by the current satellite picture and wind patterns, the city may get rain on Tuesday, too — the day the first IPL qualifier would be played.

The city continued to be scalded on Friday, with the maximum temperature touching 39.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. On Thursday, it was 38.9.

The weather office said the mercury on Saturday was unlikely to cross 38 degrees because of cloud formation under the influence of the low-pressure area.

If that happens, it would be the coolest day in the city in 12 days.

“The low-pressure belt is still at some distance from the city. As the system moves closer, lower, rain-bearing clouds are expected to appear,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department.

A low-pressure area has an atmospheric pressure lower that its surroundings. As a result it pulls air, in this case moist air from the sea, towards itself, leading to clouding and rain. When such a system moves towards the coast, it begets clouds and rain on land.