West Bengal Government declares early summer break amidst heatwave conditions

As temperature rose to 41 degree Celsius with only half of the April month getting over, Heatwave conditions forced the West Bengal announced early summer break for state-run schools from April 22. The order was issued on Thursday. Originally, the break was scheduled to begin on May 5.

“…summer vacation in schools…with effect from April 22 except for the schools of the hill areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, where in existing academic scheduled may continue until further order,” said a government order. The announcement comes a day after Panagarh in West Burdwan district recorded the highest temperature (42.5°C) in the state even.

Although, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that more districts in south Bengal were likely to experience heat waves for the next two to three days. It was on Tuesday that the IMD had earlier stated that mainly the dry westerly to north-westerly wind at lower levels were likely in the region. “…due to strong solar insolation, heat wave condition, and hot and discomfort weather are likely in the districts of south Bengal till April 20,” said an IMD statement.

Meanwhile, heatwave conditions are likely to persist in south Bengal districts such as East Burdwan, Jhargram, West Burdwan, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Purulia, Birbhum, Bankura, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas over the next few days.

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