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Fresh wet spell in Kolkata on radar middle of next week

With Durga Puja less than two weeks away, any rain is likely to affect Kolkatans

Debraj Mitra | Published 17.09.22, 06:44 AM
Pedestrians cross a street amid rain near Esplanade on Friday afternoon.

Pedestrians cross a street amid rain near Esplanade on Friday afternoon.

Pradip Sanyal

A system over the Bay of Bengal could bring another wet spell to Kolkata in the middle of next week.

With Durga Puja less than two weeks away, any rain, mid-week or weekend, is likely to affect Kolkatans.

“A low-pressure area is likely to form over the northwest Bay of Bengal on Sunday. It is likely to intensify into a well-marked low pressure by Tuesday,” said G.K. Das, director, India Meteorological Department, Kolkata.

“The effect of the system on Kolkata will depend on where it takes shape. The details will be clear by Sunday.”

Friday morning was bright and sunny in Kolkata.

The sun was making its presence felt, only to be cloaked in clouds as the afternoon progressed.

Around 1.30pm, the Victoria Memorial had ominous-looking dark clouds in the background.

A sharp spell of rain came shortly afterwards.

The sky remained overcast for the rest of the day. The Met office attributed the conditions to the monsoon trough’s position and a low-pressure area over Uttar Pradesh, a remnant of the depression over the Bay of Bengal last weekend.

“There is a low-pressure area over Uttar Pradesh. The monsoon trough passes over Patna and Digha into the Bay of Bengal,” said Das.

“As a result of these two, there is significant moisture in the atmosphere. As the sun came out, the heating and the moisture combined to form thunderclouds, which led to the rain.”

Areas in North 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts also got rain on Friday. Similar showers have not been ruled out over the next couple of days.

Last updated on 17.09.22, 06:44 AM
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