Scorcher at RealFeel 44
Alipore: The maximum temperature climbed a notch from Sunday's high to make Monday the hottest day in the city in more than a month.
The mercury touched 37.5 degrees Celsius, up from 36.6. The last time it had been this hot in the city was on March 14. But the RealFeel - a measure of the effect of the temperature, relative humidity, wind and the angle of the sun - on Monday - was 44 degrees at 3pm, compared with 41 degrees on March 14.
The sky remained clear on Monday and the sun beat down.
The minimum relative humidity, which had seen a downward trend over the past week, went up by seven per cent on Monday, making it sultry.
"People felt uncomfortable as both the maximum temperature and the minimum relative humidity, which indicates the moisture level in the air during the hottest parts of the day, went up on Monday," a senior Met official said.
The weather is expected to remain hot and humid. The maximum temperature could climb further.
A small column of thunderclouds that had formed over Birbhum and Murshidabad, north of Calcutta, brought rain there but gave the city a miss.