Kolkata, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Most parts of West Bengal continued to sizzle today as an oppressive heatwave kept the mercury well above 40 degrees Celsius with no immediate respite being in sight.

Alipore meteorological office said the situation, particularly in the Gangetic West Bengal and western districts of the state, remained grim with Kolkata recording a temperature of 41.5 degrees, six degree above normal and the mercury shooting up to 43.5 degrees in Sriniketan and 44 degrees in Bankura, which was the maximum temperature recorded so far in the state this summer.

In most of the places people stayed indoors, specially in the mid day.

The MET office said dry winds blowing in from the Choto Nagpur plateau aggravated the condition. The weather condition is likely to remain unchanged at least for the next 48 hours as there is little hope for rains with no advent of moist being seen from the Bay of Bengal, it said.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)