Kolkata: Kolkata’s hot and sultry weather soared to a maximum of 83%. Even though the maximum temperature remained a moderate 34.6 degree Celsius, the stifling humidity left Kolkatans sapped. It was the flow of moisture with the south-easterly wind from the Bay of Bengal that has been pushing the humidity up, said the Met office.
But relief could well be round the corner, it said. There was enough heating in the Chhotanagpur area, which, coupled with the moisture incursion in the region created conditions ideal for a thunderstorm. On Monday, a squall struck East and West Burdwan, Birbhum, Burdwan and Murshidabad districts with a wind speed of 50-60 km/hr. It could brush Kolkata, it was predicted. But eventually, the storm skirted the city.
“The southeasterly wind is bringing in enough moisture which has led to frequent thunderstorms in Gangetic Bengal. The south Bengal districts have received storms almost every alternate day this season. It has helped to keep the temperature in check,” said Regional Meteoroligical Centre (RMC) director GK Das. The highest temperature recorded so far this season is 37.6 degree Celsius. But the shooting humidity has made the conditions uncomfortable. The lowest relative humidity recorded on Monday was a steep 69%.
Even though the maximum temperature was 34.6 degree Celsius, real feel temperature – calculated on the basis of factors like humidity, intensity of sun rays, wind speed, cloudiness and precipitation – touched 41 degree Celsius on Monday. “Unless we have a thunderstorm, this will continue though we don’t see a spurt in temperature this week,” added Das.