Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: The monsoon will set in over Kolkata in the next 48 hours, and the city may witness cyclonic storms because of a depression over the Bay of Bengal, officials of the Regional Meteorological Centre said on Sunday.

“The monsoon set in over Kerala yesterday [Saturday] and is expected here within the next two days,” said G.C. Debnath, director of the weather section of the centre. “Currently, there is a deep depression formed over the Bay of Bengal, about 500 km south of Kolkata. It is intensifying and moving northward. This will drag the monsoon current, bringing the monsoon rain ahead of time.”

The monsoon usually sets in over the city by June 8. Mr. Debnath said the light showers in the city on Sunday morning were caused by the depression.

The centre issued a cyclone alert for the State on Saturday night, asking fishermen not to venture into deep seas. “Though the depression has not moved in the past few hours, it is highly likely that a cyclonic storm will be seen tomorrow [Monday] evening,” Mr. Debnath said.