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Met office predicts heatwave in Kolkata and several West Bengal districts

Temperature to increase further by 2-3°C between April 12-16

Jaismita Alexander | Published 12.04.23, 05:41 PM

Ahead of Poila Baosakh, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Kolkata has released a warning of heatwave between April 12 and 16 in Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East Burdwan, Midnapore and parts of north Bengal. 

According to the IMD special bulletin, an orange alert has been announced for the districts of south Bengal during April 12-16. Heatwave condition is very likely to prevail. 


For north Bengal, except hilly areas, a yellow warning has been announced. The weather is going to be hot with discomfort between the same period.

Mainly dry Westerly/northwesterly wind is prevailing over the region. Meteorological conditions suggest that maximum temperature is likely to rise (gradually) by 2-3º C, stated the official bulletin.

Sanjeev Banerjee, deputy director-general of the Indian Meteorological Department at Alipore, said this afternoon, "The temperature in Kolkata is likely to touch around 42°C on April 15. People are advised to take necessary precautions against the predicted heatwave."


The possible impacts of the heat wave are as follows: 

  • Heatwave condition is very likely
  • Heatwave is of moderate concern for general public but severe health concern for vulnerable people like infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases, people exposed to sun for prolonged period or doing heavy work
  • Heat cramp, heat rash is likely
  • Drying of plants of vegetable is very likely
  • Heat injury is likely to livestock
Last updated on 12.04.23, 06:03 PM

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