No possibility of Rain in South Bengal until may 1st: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a severe heatwave alert over the country’s East and south Peninsular areas till April 30.

“From April 30 onwards, heatwave conditions with the potential for severe heatwaves are expected to prevail in many areas of Gangetic West Bengal, certain areas of Odisha, and isolated pockets of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal,” IMD said in a statement on Saturday evening.

Seven districts of south Bengal — Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Bankura, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, and Birbhum — where a red alert has been issued are most likely to experience severe heatwave conditions till Tuesday, the Met said.

An orange alert has been issued for North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, Hooghly, Purulia, Murshidabad, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, Nadia, and Kolkata, which recorded a maximum of 40 degree Celsius on Friday.

According to the Met Department, the abnormally high maximum temperature in the southern and western districts of the state is being caused by dry westerly winds and strong solar insolation.

Meanwhile, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri continue to experience light to moderate rain with thunder, which is likely to continue till next week. A yellow alert has been issued for the northern districts of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar. Darjeeling and Kalimpong recorded a maximum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.

The IMD has warned that people may suffer from sunburn and heatstroke, which can potentially be fatal. To prevent dehydration, authorities recommend to drink plenty of water and essential fluids and carry umbrellas when going outdoors.