The sky was overcast on Friday morning but the rainfall the weatherman had expected eluded the city, making the afternoon muggy and uncomfortable.
"The trough of low pressure that had brought rain to Calcutta and its suburbs on Thursday moved away towards Bangladesh. So, the coastal areas can now expect rain but Calcutta will remain largely dry for the next day or so," said G.C. Debnath, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.
Thanks to the cloudy sky, the maximum temperature dropped to 31 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal, from Thursday's 32.3 degrees. Friday's maximum temperature was the lowest in 53 days ' since August 13, when the maximum was 30.7.
The relative humidity was, however, on the higher side in the morning ' ranging between 97 and 82 per cent. It came down as the day wore on, dropping to as low as 76 per cent at 2.30pm, when it usually feels the hottest.
Weather officials said Calcuttans would have felt much more uncomfortable had there been no cloud cover. "It was a saving grace that it was cloudy," said an official.