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Mercury to dip in city but winter yet to arrive, says MeT office

Kolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday said that mercury will plunge down a few notches in the next few days, but did not officially announce the advent of winter yet.

The MeT office also predicted that the temperature will fluctuate between morning and night hours. During night, the city's temperature may touch 18 degree Celsius in the next two days but will soar up in the morning.

According to the weather office prediction, Western districts like Bankura, Purulia, Jhargram and West Midnapore may witness a dip in the temperature with the mercury touching 17 degree Celsius in the next couple of days. The humidity level may also go up during daytime.

The MeT office feels that winter may set in across the South Bengal districts in the middle of December, while people may not be able to feel the chilling winter cold before the end of December. The lowest temperature in the city hovered around 19 degree Celsius on Thursday, which is 2 degree above normal.

"The temperature will fluctuate from time to time in the next few days. It will drop in the morning and late night hours. There will be light mist in the air in all the South Bengal districts in the early morning hours. People in North Bengal districts may witness a thick mist in the morning. It would take some time for winter to set in," said an official of the MeT office.

The highest temperature in the city will remain around 30 degree Celsius, with the lowest temperature around 18 degree Celsius in the next couple of days. There is no prediction of rain in the state in the next seven days.

As there will be high level of moisture in the air, people in the city may witness misty mornings. The mist will, however, disappear later in the day, the weather office said.

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