Kolkata: The Alipore weather office on Tuesday predicted moderate rainfall in the city and other districts of South Bengal on Friday and Saturday, which is expected to provide relief from the scorching heat of the sun prevailing for the last few days.”Thunderstorm activities in districts of South Bengal will start from the later part of Thursday and the intensity of such activities will increase from Friday. Birbhum, Murshidabad, West Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia will witness thunderstorms accompanied by scattered rainfall from Thursday evening. Widespread monsoon is expected on Friday and Saturday,” said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, deputy director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Kolkata. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe weather office informed that the cyclonic circulation is expected to be formed in coastal Bengal and Odisha in a few days and rainfall is expected from that condition. The monsoon trough that is passing over the foothills of the Himalayas bringing heavy rainfall in North Bengal since Monday, will descend downwards to the plains. “The hot and humid condition causing profuse perspiration for the people of South Bengal including Kolkata, will continue till the rainfall,” a senior official of the Alipore weather office said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNorth Bengal will have intense rainfall till Wednesday and Alipurduar will have the maximum amount of rainfall. The other districts like Darjeeling, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Malda and even North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur will also receive good amounts of rainfall. The effect of rain will lessen in North Bengal from Thursday and will be relatively lower since Friday. “We hope that the predictions of the weather office come true. We have been eagerly waiting for the rain god to smile upon us. There has been so much rain in North Bengal but not here,” said Saikat Ray, a city dweller.