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Pre-monsoon rains in the city from today, says weatherman

Kolkata: The city may receive pre-monsoon rains on Tuesday, while thundershowers may occur in several districts of south Bengal on Wednesday and Thursday, the Regional Meteorological Center in Alipore said. Several districts in north Bengal will continue to receive heavy rains in the coming days.

The MeT office said monsoon is likely to arrive in south Bengal after June 20, but pre-monsoon rains will hit the city from Tuesday. Skies may remain partly cloudy. Thunderstorms will occur in South Bengal on Wednesday and Thursday. Lightning can also occur. Winds of 40-50 km per hour may blow across South Bengal. The distribution and intensity of precipitation is likely to increase marginally from Wednesday.

According to the MeT office’s forecast, hot and humid conditions are likely to torment people in the city and other districts in south Bengal. A few days ago, the MeT office had said that the southwest monsoon was expected to enter South Bengal around June 18-19.

A senior weather official said a change in wind pattern, which is expected to push monsoon towards south Bengal, is slower than expected. Southerly winds are important for the arrival of the monsoon. The districts in western parts of Bengal will continue to experience hot and humid conditions. “Heat waves and hot and humid weather conditions are likely to prevail in western districts of South Bengal during the next 24 hours. Thundershowers are likely to occur at a few places in the districts of south Bengal,” the weather bureau said.

This year, the monsoon arrived in North Bengal on May 31, earlier than the usual starting date of June 5. For South Bengal, the usual arrival date is June 10. After 15 years, Bengal has witnessed the arrival of monsoon rains in May. year. The state had recorded a similar situation in 2009 when monsoon entered north Bengal on May 25. In 2006 and 2007, the monsoon entered North Bengal in May.