Kolkata: The intense heatwave sweeping across south Bengal relented a little today, with the weather office even forecasting thunderstorms during the weekend.
The highest temperature in the state was recorded in Bankura at 44.3 degrees Celsius a notch below yesterday`s 44.9 degrees, though five degrees above normal, according to MeT department data.
Sriniketan sizzled at 43.1 degrees Celsius, down from yesterday`s 44.7 degrees Celsius, though it still is six notches above average.
The metropolis was also a degree cooler than yesterday at 38.9, though three degrees above normal.
The maximum temperature at Purulia in the western part of the state stood at 42.4 degrees Celsius, which was also down from 45-plus level recorded yesterday.
The MeT department has forecast partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm during the weekend in some parts of Gangetic West Bengal.