Durga Puja: Let’s Rock With The Umbrella

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Priyanka Dutta, KOLKATA: Buy new colorful umbrellas if you don’t have. Better if it matches with your dress. Keep your umbrellas handy when you go pandal-hopping this Puja.

The Met office has predicted rain during the ensuing festive period, which may not see very heavy showers either, according to the first Puja weather prediction issued on Monday. There is a chance of a wet puja as ‘very high’.

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On Monday, weathermen analyzed the prevailing weather conditions and made a Puja forecast based on the likely changes over the next 48 hours.

Two cyclonic circulations now exist in the region — one over Gangetic Bengal and the other in the north-west Bay of Bengal, on the Bengal-Odisha coast. While the former isn’t a strong system, the latter could intensify and trigger rain, according to the reports. It was responsible for the showers on Monday. It will continue to cause rain on Tuesday as well.

September has been exceptionally warm in the city so far with the real-feel temperature often soaring above 45°C, according to a private weather forecasting service. Over the last one week, the average humidity had been around 70% and often touched 90%.

The principal trigger behind the choking weather was the absence of rain, said Met officials. “Once showers stop, the mercury shoots and the humidity makes it uncomfortable. It is the temperature that is making the difference here, not the humidity that remains high even when it rains,” explained a Met official.