Kolkata records highest temperature in 50 years

Met department forecasts possibility of rain from Sunday owing to moisture incursion from Bay of Bengal

Representative image (PTI)
Representative image (PTI)


Kolkata sizzled at 43ºC on Tuesday, and the Alipore observatory in the city recorded its highest temperature in 50 years, the meteorological department said.

Extending a ray of hope that the severity will abate from Sunday, the department forecast the possibility of rains owing to moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal.

The city's Salt Lake area recorded a maximum day temperature of 43.5ºC, while in nearby Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district the mercury touched 44.6 degrees Celsius, it said.

Kalaikunda in Paschim Medinipur district, where an Indian Air Force station is located, recorded the state's highest temperature at 47.2ºC. Paschim Bardhaman district's Panagarh, where air force station Arjan Singh is situated, recorded 45.6ºC. Medinipur town followed close behind at 45.5ºC, while Bankura recorded 45.1ºC.

The severe weather conditions in the southern and western districts of West Bengal are being caused by dry westerly winds and strong solar insolation, the met department said.

Among other places where the mercury crossed 40ºC were Krishnanagar (44), Bardhaman (44), Asansol (44.2), Purulia (43.7), Jhargram (44) and Sriniketan (43.6).

Severe heatwave conditions will prevail in Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, Jhargram, Murshidabad, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Bardhaman and Paschim Bardhaman, while other districts in southern West Bengal will experience heatwave conditions until 3 May.

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