Kolkata and its nearby areas woke up to a rainwashed Sunday with khichudi and ilish maachh bhaja being planned on the menu.
Kolkata and several parts of south Bengal received widespread rainfall on Sunday. The rain was brought about by a low-pressure belt over northern Bay of Bengal, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The low-pressure zone seemed to be gently proceeding towards central India, taking away with it chances of heavy rainfall in south Bengal.
The rainfall is likely to lose intensity from Monday, causing the temperature to rise, the IMD website said.
East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, North and South 24-Parganas, Purulia and Bankura may, however, witness heavy rainfall in some places.
“Light to moderate rain with thunder is likely to continue on Sunday, while it will decrease on Monday,” said the IMD website.
As of August 13, rainfall in south Bengal has been 38% less than average for the season, while the shortage in Kolkata has been 44%.
Darjeeling received the highest rainfall in Bengal — 60.8mm — in the past 24 hours till 8.30am of Sunday, followed by Kalimpong at 24mm and Jalpaiguri at 10.8mm, according to IMD.