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More showers likely in Kolkata today

KOLKATA: An early morning northwester lashed Kolkata once more on Wednesday leading to repeated showers during the day. It additionally brought the minimal temperature down by means of 3 levels even because the Met office predicted more rain until no less than Thursday afternoon.

Kolkata received 59.9 mm rain between five.30pm on Tuesday and five.30pm on Wednesday, taking the per thirty days reasonable rainfall rely in February to just about double the standard. The minimal temperature recorded was once 17.1 level Celsius.

The predominant triggers behind the showers that have lashed the city for the reason that dual thunderstorms early on Monday remained active. “While the low-pressure trough weakened and moved in opposition to Odisha on Wednesday, the high-pressure zone over Bay of Bengal endured to generate moisture. With the trough having weakened, the thunderstorm was once a comparatively delicate one and didn’t final a minute to qualify as a squall. But it resulted in early morning showers,” said Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) director GK Das. The thunderstorm had a wind velocity of 46 kilometre consistent with hour.

Even though the rain ceased by means of past due morning, it remained a cloudy day. The showers resumed after 4pm and a heavy spell lashed the city for 30 mins. Drizzles are anticipated to resume on Thursday morning and intermittent rain is predicted until past due afternoon. “It should transparent up by means of night time for the reason that trough should transfer significantly clear of the area and both sail into Bangladesh or the Bay of Bengal by means of then," Das said.

Private weather forecasting carrier Skymet predicted that the showers could get started losing intensity by means of Thursday.

“By February 28, the intensity of rain will scale back significantly and weather conditions over maximum portions of West Bengal will transparent up. However, isolated rains would possibly continue over Kolkata and its proximity. In the wake of these rains, we will be able to say that the per thirty days reasonable of Kolkata is predicted to develop into two times its customary rainfall of February,” said the forecast.

It additionally warned that hailstorm task accompanied with strong gusty winds and lightning strike also are conceivable in portions of the state. On Wednesday morning, thundershowers, lightning and gusty winds lashed some portions of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore, Birbhum, West and East Burdwan, Hoogly, North 24 Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad.

The minimal temperature will stay around 17 levels over the next 48 hours. While pre-monsoon thundershowers weren't unprecedented in February, they are extremely uncommon, in step with a weather scientist. “They occur if the land will get heated up enough and there is a moisture triggering system. This time, both have happened concurrently leading to thundershowers and rain. Usually, these conditions increase in March,” said a weather scientist.

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