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Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata: Like it or not, the weather gods are not smiling this autumn. So, brace for a hot and
sultry week ahead and get ready to sweat it out while pandal-hopping during Durga Puja!
However, there is a silver-lining: There may be occasional showers on a day or two and that may bring down the temperature after sundown.
But then, half a glass empty is half a glass full! Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, the deputy director-general (Meteorology) of the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) regional office in Kolkata, said, “Chances of heavy and widespread rain with an overcast sky on the days of the Puja — which could have ruined the festivities — are remote this time.”
Southwest Monsoon, which arrived rather late this year, has already started retreating from some parts of northwestern India, including Rajasthan. But it will take at least another fortnight before it bids farewell to Kolkata. Durga Puja has coincided with the fag-end of the monsoon season this year.While on one hand moisture-laden winds are gushing in from the Bay of Bengal, on the other the day temperature is hovering around 35-degree Celsius. This combination is giving people in Kolkata a sauna-like experience. But weather experts say this is normal during this time of the year.
“On Tuesday, the maximum day temperature was 36.1°C, which was three degrees above normal. Relative humidity too was high, above 90 per cent, making the heat all the more stifling. We apprehend that this situation will linger till the Puja days are over,” Bandyopadhyay said.
The only ray of hope is the occasional showers. While the city will have to bear with the hot and stifling conditions during the first part of the day, a smart shower may hit some areas in the afternoon. “These showers will be triggered by local rain clouds and won’t last for more than a few minutes.