Hot, humid with little chance of rain

A hot and sultry Sunday when the temperature felt like 40 degrees Celsius ended with little promise of rain relief.

By Rith Basu in Alipore
  • Published 10.09.18
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COOL WAY: A girl in the Maidan area on Sunday afternoon (top); (above)  horses in the shade of a tree. Pictures by Gautam Bose

Alipore: A hot and sultry Sunday when the temperature felt like 40 degrees Celsius ended with little promise of rain relief.

A downpour is unlikely in the city anytime soon, according to the weather office. "There are no weather systems close to the city and none is likely to develop over the next two days," said G.K. Das, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.

The mercury on Sunday hovered between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius, but the RealFeel - calculated by weather portal AccuWeather.com taking into account parameters such as temperature, humidity, angle of the sun and the speed and direction of winds - was 40.

"There is usually a lot of moisture in the air during the monsoon. At times like this, when the rain dries up and there are no clouds, allowing the sun to beat down hard, the temperature rises and the moisture in the air makes the weather sweaty and uncomfortable. People would feel less uncomfortable in similar temperatures in summer because the moisture content in the air would be less," Das said.

The eastern part of the monsoon trough, an imaginary line joining the low pressure points across the breadth of the country, was passing through Patna, Dhanbad and Digha on Sunday. It was likely to shift to north Bengal by Monday.

Rainfall generally concentrates around this trough and Calcutta is thus not on the rainfall radar over the next two days, weather officials said. The trough would pass over Calcutta but the movement would be quick and the city was unlikely to receive a prolonged shower.

"Hot and humid conditions are likely to continue in Calcutta as the wind has turned from south-westerly, usual for the monsoon, to southerly. Moisture-rich winds from the Bay of Bengal have started blowing directly towards north Bengal where heavy rain is expected over the next two days. South-westerly winds, on the other hand, bring the moisture to Gangetic Bengal and increase chances of rainfall here, which is not happening at the moment," said a senior Met official.

Stray, localised and brief showers from a thundercloud are, however, not ruled out.