Monsoon To Hit Kolkata By Sunday Evening


Kolkata: The Alipore Met office is yet to announce the arrival date of monsoon but it could hit the city by Sunday evening as a low-pressure system is inching towards the land. The weather system is still hovering over the sea and it has to move to the land to trigger monsoon rain.

By Sunday, the northern limit of southwest monsoon lay extended from Puri to Agartala, Lamding and North Lakhimpur, marking the monsoon’s onset in Odisha and Assam. If everything goes as predicted, it should reach Kolkata and other parts of south Bengal by Sunday evening. Last year, it had arrived in the city on June 12.

“This low pressure over northeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh is expected to move slightly northwards and cross over to the land by Sunday afternoon. We can declare the arrival of monsoon after that,” said GK Das, director (weather) at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Kolkata.

On Saturday, a sharp spell of premonsoon showers lashed parts of Kolkata. Though unevenly distributed, it caused flooding in a few localities, mostly in north Kolkata.

Compared to north, areas in south Kolkata received less rainfall and were spared of inundation.