Kolkata: The month of April has been quite fruitful for the entire city with rains being on the higher side throughout. The City of Joy has been witnessing Pre-Monsoon rains since quite a long time now.
During the last 24 hours also, good rains occurred over West Bengal and parts of North Odisha. In the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Thursday, Kolkata recorded 29.6 mm of rain, Bardhaman 28.3 mm, Asansol 6.7 mm, Baharampur 6.0 mm, Bankura 20.6 mm, Digha 12 mm, Midnapore 6.4 mm, Balasore 1.4 mm.
Currently, a cyclonic circulation is seen over West Bengal and adjoining Bihar and another over Meghalaya and adjoining Assam. A trough is seen extending between these two weather systems.
Therefore, light to moderate rains with one or two heavy spells are expected over West Bengal and northern parts of Odisha. Heavy spells with frequent thunder and lightning strikes as well as squally winds are expected over parts of Gangetic West Bengal and North Odisha during next 24 to 48 hours.
Thereafter, rain intensity may decrease but on and off rains and thundershowers will continue till first week of May as the cyclonic circulation is expected to persist over West Bengal and nearby areas with slight oscillation to east or west.
As this is the pre-monsoon season, the time of occurrence of these activities will mostly be confined to late evenings or early mornings.