Kolkata, on Monday, continued to witness the cold wave that has been sweeping the state this year. The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) Kolkata recorded 11.5 degree Celsius on Monday which is slightly higher than Sunday. The temperature recorded by RMC Kolkata on Sunday was 11.2 degree Celsius, which was the coldest in the ongoing season.
However, the weather office informed that temperature may slight increase Tuesday onwards. They predicted that Tuesday’s temperature will be around 12 degree Celsius while Wednesday’s temperature will be around 13-14 degree Celsius.
Winter has hit the state later this year. The RMC Kolkata explained — in 2016, winter had hit the
town more than a fortnight ahead of time — on November 22 — with the hottest first half of November in five decades making way for one of the coldest second half of November.
This year, the weather anomaly that took meteorologists by surprise was not so much. The delayed arrival of winter was expected as the warm spell in November was predicted by the experts in RMC Kolkata.
“This cold spell will not continue till the end of this month. The temperature will increase in Kolkata and other parts of the state,” said Ganesh Kuman Das, director, RMC Kolkata. “But increase in
temperature does not mean that winter will go soon. The winter will persist till mid of February,” Das added.
However, the cold spell continued across the state on Monday. Jalpaiguri recorded 7.3 degree Celsius, Cooch Behar 5.3 degree Celsius, Malda 10.2 degree Celsius, Birbhum 6.3 degree Celsius, Bankura 8.2 degree Celsius and Burdwan recorded 8.6 degree Celsius.
On the other hand, night temperature at many places in both South and North Bengal was three to five degrees below normal, the Met department said.
Jalpaiguri in the Dooars region recorded the second lowest temperature at 6.7 degrees.
Kolkata recorded the lowest night temperature at 11.5 degree celsius, which is three degrees below normal.
Similar weather conditions with clear skies and sub-normal day and night temperatures are likely to continue in both Gangetic Bengal and Sub-Himalayan Bengal for the next two days, the MeT department said on Monday.