The climate of Calcutta (India)
Calcutta is now also known as Kolkata and is the capital of the
federal state of Bengali. The town is one of the largest urban areas
in the world with a population of more than 15 million people.
Calcutta was one of the most important trading places for the English
company. Also at the time of the English colony Calcutta took an
important position. Nowadays Kolkata is a sparkling metropolis. It is
often considered the intellectual and cultural heart of India. The
town has still preserved much of its ancient colonial wealth and
architecture. One can still taste the old atmosphere in the numerous
clubs and racetracks. In spite of the obviously present poverty there
are restaurants, bars and theatres in abundance, where one can enjoy
oneself to oneís heartís content.
Calcutta, Kolkata has a tropical savannah climate. The summermonths are
warm and humid in which during the sparing dry periods the temperature
rises considerably. The month of May is generally speaking the hottest
month. At the beginning of the Indian summer rather heavy rain- and
hailstorms may occur. The winter is mild and lasts only two months.
The monsoon period in Kolkata lasts from June up to and including
September. Most rain falls during this period. Due to the extremely
dense population the town has to contend with a smog problem. The
number of people in Calcutta with respiratory problems and lung
diseases such as lungcancer is appallingly high. Although of recent
years it has not occurred anymore, in the past Kolkata was completely
destroyed by tropical storms or cyclones. The last time was in 1864
and cost the lives of over 60,000 people.
The data below is based on registered weather data and applies to
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