Swift Monsoon Arrival Brings Early Rains to Sub-Himalayan West Bengal

The southwest monsoon arrived in sub-Himalayan West Bengal almost a week ahead of schedule, covering most regions by Friday, according to the Met Department. Influenced by cyclone Remal and a trough in northern Bengal, heavy rains and thunderstorms are expected in the coming days, notably in northern and southern districts.

PTI | Kolkata | Updated: 31-05-2024 19:39 IST | Created: 31-05-2024 19:39 IST
Swift Monsoon Arrival Brings Early Rains to Sub-Himalayan West Bengal
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The southwest monsoon reached sub-Himalayan West Bengal on Friday, covering most parts of the region, nearly a week ahead of schedule, the Met Department said.

The southwest monsoon normally reaches northern West Bengal on June 5 and the southern part of the state around June 9.

The faster movement of the southwest monsoon into the region could have been caused by the combined effect of cyclone Remal, bringing the southwesterly wind to the coasts from the Bay of Bengal, and thereafter the monsoon's movement was attracted by a trough existing over northern West Bengal, weather officials said.

The weather office forecast widespread rain in the sub-Himalayan districts of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Kalimpong and Darjeeling, with the possibility of heavy downpours in one or two places, over the next five days.

The places that recorded significant rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am on Friday in northern Bengal are Alipurduar (45 mm), Jalpaiguri (43 mm) and Coochbehar (28 mm), it said.

The Met Department also forecast thunderstorms with lightning and gusty wind in the southern Bengal districts, including Kolkata, during the next three days.

Kolkata recorded 65 mm rainfall, bringing night temperature down to 23.7 degree Celsius from nearly 30 degrees a day earlier, the Met said.

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