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In August, a July forecast

Two days of downpour at the start had helped July retain the “wettest month” crown but August could put up a stiff challenge on the back of ammunition from the Bay.

The forecast on Friday says the first weekend of August is set to be wet because of a cyclonic circulation brewing over the sea.

“A circulation has formed near the Odisha coast. It is likely to move towards Calcutta and bring steady rain from Saturday, for at least the next three days,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, the director of the India Meteorological Department in Calcutta.

Met records say the city recorded an aggregate rainfall of 376mm in July, a tad above the normal range of 361mm based on figures between 1950 and 2000. “The figures suggest we got four per cent excess rainfall but masked the truth that the rain distribution in the city was heavily skewed since as much as 190.4mm of rain was recorded in the first two days of July,” a Met official said.

August could follow a similar pattern.