The heatwave situation is still prevailing across several districts in South Bengal and it will continue for the next couple of days, according to the Met forecast on Friday. The possibility of a link between the prolonged dry spell in south Bengal and climate change cannot be ruled out, a senior Met official said. The spell is an addition to a series of “unusual” climatological events this year, said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director-general of the India Meteorological Department, Kolkata. But he also gave a disclaimer that “one year’s aberrations” were far from enough to substantiate any link with long-term climate change. “Extreme weather events are happening more frequently than before, maybe because of climate change. But data from one year or two years cannot be conclusive. This needs extensive research,” he said.
Heatwave conditions have been created in several districts of South Bengal including Kolkata. The maximum temperature in Kolkata is now around 40 degrees. It has also been warned that the effect will be maximum between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Doctors are advising that it is better not to set foot outside the house without necessity. Heatwave has also affected the outdoor shooting of the movie series. The Met office here has forecast heatwave conditions in seven south Bengal districts. For the next two days. While Kolkata, too, will witness a heatwave-like condition. The average highest temperature of the day hovered over 42 degrees Celsius in most of the south Bengal districts on Friday. It is learned that such a situation will prevail in all the districts of South Bengal till Sunday.
From the heat, however, there is no relief right now. The meteorological department said that there is no possibility of rain at present. At the same time, there is no possibility of Kalbaishakhi anywhere. South Bengal is suffocating in the scorching heat. Somewhere maximum temperature 44 degrees, then somewhere 42 degrees Celsius. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced early summer vacation for schools from May 2 following extreme heatwave conditions in the state. The announcement came after the Chief Minister conducted a meeting on the heatwave conditions prevailing in the state. Banerjee appealed not only to government schools but also to private schools in the state to take a humane approach to the matter.
The Chief Minister said she had received information that many children were. ” In this extreme heat, it is becoming a risk for students to come to school. So the summer vacation has been brought forward”. She said. Banerjee said during a meeting with officials, “We know the temperature is very high in many districts. Schoolchildren are suffering owing to the prevailing weather. Many children have fallen sick unable to tolerate the heat wave.
So, we have decided to start summer vacation from May 2″. She hinted that the vacation may continue till June 15 or 20. But said the school education department will take the final call. Earlier, a renowned school in the city announced the cancellation of all in-person classes till Friday due to the heatwave. Classes will be held online, as per the regular schedule, the school authorities informed parents and students. “We hope the weather condition will improve from next week. To enable us to resume in-school classes from Monday,” the official notice stated.