Kolkatans feel the chill as mercury dips to 14 degrees
Kolkata: The mercury dropped to 14 degree Celsius in Kolkata on Wednesday under the impact of the chilly North-Westerly wind.
According to the regional meteorological department at Alipore, the temperature could drop further in the next 48 hours. The temperature in the city stood at 15 degree Celsius on Tuesday, which is two degrees above normal.
Though the drop in temperature was marginal, the people felt the day being cooler than the day's temperature, which was hovering around 14 degree Celsius.
An officer of Alipore weather office said that the North-Westerly wind has started pulling the mercury down. Though the drop in temperature in the city was not a substantial one, the chilly wind made it feel cooler than 14 degrees.
"It may continue to get chillier as the mercury will be going down by a few notches in the next two days. The lowest temperature may touch 13 degree Celsius as the chilly winter wind will continue to sweep through the city as well as several parts of South Bengal districts," a weather officer said. The city dwellers on Wednesday enjoyed the chilly winter morning with many of them visiting various places of interest in Kolkata, still soaking in the spirit of New Year celebration. The Met department has also forecast that the minimum temperature in the city may drop below 13 degree Celsius within the next few days. According to an official of the Alipore Met office, there was a delay in winter finally setting in, due to the Western Disturbance that interrupted the flow of the North-Westerly wind, bringing the winter chill to South Bengal districts.
Various places in North Bengal remained under fog, especially early in the morning, leading to disruption in services. Many trains ran behind their schedule. According to sources, most of the North Bengal bound trains were running late due to fog in Siliguri, Alipurduar and several other parts of North Bengal.