April Heat Rears Its Head In Kolkata


Kolkata: The April heat has finally reared its head. As the maximum temperature climbed up to 37.5°C , the season’s highest so far —on Monday.

The temperature went up to 39°C on Monday afternoon. It will get steadily hotter over the next 48 hours, said the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC).

The IMD Kolkata website has predicted the maximum temperature to rise up to 38°C by Wednesday. But relief could also be in the offing. The Met office spies a thunderstorm on Wednesday. “A cyclonic circulation is set to develop over Gangetic Bengal. If it forms, a thunderstorm is likely on Wednesday. It could pull the mercury down,” said GK Das, director of RMC.

If the warm spell continues, heat triggered diseases will turn more frequent. Heat exhaustion needs to be fought with adequate fluid intake. Prolonged exposure to sun should also be avoided.