weather A new wave of rain should follow a brief respite
The Met office had said the weather would improve from Wednesday, but another wet spell is likely.
Rain overnight, cloudy skies in the morning and a strong wave in the afternoon are what the city experienced before a hint of improvement.
The latest Met Office forecast: a brief respite from another wave of rain.
The system behind the last downpour that drowned the city has moved away from Kolkata. But a new system has taken shape and is expected to make its way to the east coast sooner than usual.
“Cyclonic circulation spreads over the Burmese coast and the adjacent Gulf of Martaban. It is likely to move northwest and emerge in the northeast and adjoining the east-central Bay of Bengal, ”the Met office said on Wednesday.
“Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to form and then move towards the Odisha coast within the next 48 hours,” an official said.
A Met official said the system would reach the northwestern bay on Friday evening, at least 12 hours before scheduled arrival.
The system prompted IMD to issue an “enhanced rain alert” for South Bengal on September 26-27.
“A system directed to the coast of Bengal on the North Bay would have had a much greater impact on Calcutta,” an official said.
The current system is expected to shift to Odisha and the neighboring districts of Purba and Paschim Medinipur will likely receive more rain than Kolkata.
“But even then, a period of heavy rains is not excluded in Calcutta and surrounding areas,” he said.