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Winter refuses to leave city as mercury dips again

Kolkata: Mercury dipped by 2 degree Celsius in the city on Sunday, with a cold spell continuing to sweep through various parts of South Ben- gal, giving a feeling that winter will stay for some more days here.
The regional meteorological centre at Alipore predicted that the chill will be felt for at least 7 more days in the state, including Kolkata and temperature may go further down by some notches in the next few days.
The city's temperature on Sunday remained at 12.9 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal. The temperature stood at 14.7 degree on Saturday.
According to the weather office prediction, the temperature may hover around 12 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours.
"The same weather conditions will continue to prevail for two to three more days at least. Temperature will hover around 12 degrees and there is a slender chance of temperature falling a little below 12 degrees in the city," a senior official of Alipore weather office said.
The Met office further forecasted that a cold wave will sweep across the four districts of East and West Burdwan, Birbhum and Purulia in the next couple of days, where temperature has been remaining around 10 degrees.
According to the weather office prediction, Kolkatans may feel the chill even during daytime in the next few days, due to the northern wind.
According to an expert of the weather office, the northern wind will continue to sweep through the city, bringing down the temperature further by a few notches.
Unlike the previous years, the cold spell may last a few more days in the state, after there was a delay in winter setting in.
The western disturbances interrupted the flow of northern wind in South Bengal districts, including the city this year.
The Met office prediction says that the city may witness a further dip in the temperature later this week, but it depends entirely on the northern wind. People in the city, as well as from various districts in South Bengal, may witness a cold spell for the next few days.
There is a favourable situation for the mercury to remain around 12 degree Celsius in the next seven days.
The sky in the city and South Bengal districts will however remain clear, as a result of which there will be an uninterrupted flow of the northern wind.
In case of some North Bengal districts, some parts will remain foggy, the weather office predicted.

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