Alert: Heat Wave May Scorch Kolkata & South Bengal


Kolkata: The MET office Kolkata said the unusual heat wave in monsoon, with maximum temperature going above five degree Celsius from normal in Kolkata, will continue for the next 48 hours as per the prediction.

The hot and dry weather on Friday that left people in a restless condition even after spending just a few minutes under the sun, was a result of the inflow of “hot and dry wind” from northern India. The situation has turned worse as the moisture laden wind from Bay of Bengal has stopped flowing in.

According to the Regional Meteorological department, the maximum temperature on Friday was 40 degree Celsius, which is seven degrees above normal. Interestingly, the maximum temperature in this year’s summer was recorded at 37.8 degree Celsius and it was considered as the coolest summer ever in Kolkata. But in monsoon, the temperature has gone up to 40 degree Celsius. The weather was hot and humid till Thursday. It turned dry on Friday with the inflow of the wind from North India.

Unfortunately, there is no possibility of people getting respite from the hot and dry weather in the next 48 hours. The maximum temperature in Burdwan was 41 degree Celsius and it was 40.4 degree Celsius at Bankura, Sriniketan and Asansol.

The doctors have advised people to consume excess amounts of water and said that pedestrians should splash water on their faces if they don’t feel well after walking under the sun. They have also advised people to use sunglasses, caps and umbrellas, while moving out of their houses.

Since it has happened just in the beginning of monsoon, the state government is also taking preparations to ensure that people do not get affected in case there is any flood-like situation when there will be heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, state Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra will be holding a meeting with officials of Nadia, Birbhum, East and West Midnapore and East and West Burdwan on Monday. In the end of the month, he will also be holding meeting with representatives from North Bengal districts.

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