City of Joy witnesses coldest day, mercury dips to 11.4°
The city on Sunday witnessed its coldest day of the season with the mercury dropping to 11.4 degree Celsius which is 3 degree below normal. The MeT department has predicted that cold breeze will sweep across the state in the next few days.
Despite of the cold weather, people came out and congregated at various tourist places in the city.
Clad in various warm clothes, children along with their parents visited the Alipore Zoo, Victoria Memorial, Eco Park and Millennium Park in large number.
The Regional Meteorological Department said the lowest temperature in the city in January so far stood between 20-22 degree Celsius.
People could not feel the cold in early January due to an effect of Elnino.
The districts in the Western region of the state recorded the temperature below 10 degree Celsius on Sunday. Bankura recorded 8.2 degree Celsius, Durgapur 8.1 while in Birbhum and Dakshin Dinajpur, the temperature stood at 10 degree Celsius. People in North Bengal felt chilling cold due to Northern wind. People in the city started feeling cold from last Wednesday after a rainfall. The MeT office predicted that the temperature will drop after the northern winds will start flowing into the city.
The city residents could not enjoy the winter due to the rise in temperature.
The excess moisture which was there in the air disappeared by last Friday.
A high pressure belt, created over the Bay of Bengal and a trough low pressure from Sikkim to Chhattisgarh that had been injecting moisture into the city had been weakening and this had contributed to the rainfall.
As fluctuating weather has an impact on people’s health, the city doctors have alerted not to take medicines without consultation.
Meanwhile, Indian Medical Association has issued a guideline on the use of antibiotic. IMA has advised not to take antibiotics without consulting doctors.