Heatwave Alert: IMD Predicts Sweltering Conditions in West Bengal

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heatwave warning for several districts in West Bengal, including Purulia, Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura, and West Burdwan, until Sunday. The scorching temperatures are expected to spread across the entire southern region of the state, including the capital city Kolkata, by Saturday, officials have cautioned.

Rising Temperatures and Humidity Grip Kolkata

Kolkata witnessed a sweltering day on Wednesday, with the mercury soaring to 37 degrees Celsius, accompanied by stifling humidity levels reaching up to 91 percent. The uncomfortable weather conditions have prompted concerns among residents and authorities alike.

Yellow Alert Issued Across Multiple Districts

In response to the escalating heatwave conditions, the IMD has issued a yellow alert for several districts, including North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura, West Midnapore, East Burdwan, West Burdwan, Murshidabad, and Nadia. This alert underscores the need for heightened vigilance and precautionary measures to mitigate the impact of the impending heatwave.

High Temperatures Across the Region

According to weather officials, districts like Bankura, Bishnupur, and Panagar are expected to experience maximum daytime temperatures hovering around 39 degrees Celsius. Similarly, in Burdwan, Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Murshidabad, and Sriniketan, temperatures are forecasted to range from 36 to 37 degrees Celsius, further exacerbating the heatwave conditions.

Dry Weather and Rising Temperatures Ahead

The IMD’s forecast indicates that the weather in Kolkata will remain dry with increasing humidity levels in the coming days. Moreover, daytime temperatures are projected to rise by 2-4 degrees Celsius over the next three days, exacerbating the discomfort for residents.

Chance of Relief with Light Rainfall

While the heatwave continues to grip the region, there is a glimmer of hope for relief on the horizon. From Saturday onwards, light rain is expected to occur at one or two places in South 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, Jhargram, West Midnapore, Bankura, and West Burdwan. This anticipated rainfall may provide some respite from the relentless heatwave conditions.

Conclusion: Preparedness and Precautionary Measures Essential

As West Bengal braces itself for the onslaught of intense heatwave conditions, it is imperative for residents to take necessary precautions to safeguard against the adverse effects of high temperatures. Staying hydrated, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and seeking shelter in cool environments are essential strategies to cope with the challenging weather conditions ahead. Additionally, authorities must remain vigilant and implement measures to ensure the well-being of vulnerable populations during this period of heightened heat stress.


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