Kolkata to Witness Its First Thundershower to Break Heatwave; IMD Predicts Week-Long Rain

Kolkata to Witness Its First Thundershower to Break Heatwave; IMD Predicts Week-Long Rain
Kolkata to Witness Its First Thundershower to Break Heatwave; IMD Predicts Week-Long Rain

Updated May 5, 2024, 14:03 IST

Kolkata residents may find relief from the scorching heat as the IMD predicts rain throughout the upcoming week. Despite the anticipation of thunderstorms, the city continues to grapple with a persistent heatwave, with temperatures soaring above comfort levels.

kolkata: After enduring weeks of scorching heat, Kolkata may see relief as India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rain throughout the upcoming week. Earlier, On Thursday, parts of South Bengal, including North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Purba Midnapore, and Paschim Midnapore, witnessed light rain accompanied by thunder.

On May 5, expect a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thunder and lightning development. The following days, from May 6 to May 8, anticipate rain or thundershowers accompanied by strong gusty winds. May 9 marks a break in the forecast, with no specific weather conditions mentioned. However, on May 10 and 11, the sky will likely be generally cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms. It’s important to stay prepared for varying weather conditions throughout the week, including potential thunderstorms and heavy rainfall.

Despite thunderstorms predicted for the upcoming week, the capital is still grappling with heatwave with temperatures soaring well above the comfort zone. Despite a slight dip in the mercury between Wednesday and Friday, with the maximum temperature dropping from 42 degrees Celsius to 39.2 degrees Celsius, the real-feel temperatures remained uncomfortably high, reaching up to 47 degrees Celsius on Thursday. The city’s residents have been enduring hot and humid conditions, exacerbated by dry northwesterly winds and humid southerly winds from the Bay of Bengal.

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The Meteorological Department predicts Kolkata’s first nor’wester thunderstorm of the year on Monday. This anticipated thunderstorm is expected to bring down the temperature to normal levels and may even be accompanied by localized rainfall. Such weather conditions could offer respite from the warming heatwave, providing a welcome relief for the city’s inhabitants.

Despite this respite, six districts, including Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Bankura, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, and Birbhum, remain under a red alert, with severe heatwave conditions expected to persist until Tuesday, as per the latest forecasts from the Meteorological department.

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