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Winter strengthens grip on city

Kolkata: The mercury plunged further on Wednesday, making it the coldest day of the season so far with the minimum temperature touching 13.8 degree Celsius in the city.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Kolkatans will feel the chill even during daytime in the next few days. 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.
There was a delay in winter setting in due to the western disturbances, which interrupted the flow of northern wind in South Bengal districts, including the city. The Met office prediction says that by the end of this month, the city may witness a further dip in the temperature. The highest temperature will hover around 25 degree Celsius in the next few days.
City dwellers felt the winter chill on Wednesday morning as the temperature dropped below 14 degree Celsius. According to the weather office prediction, there is a favourable situation for the mercury to drop further in the next seven days. The sky in the city and South Bengal districts will remain clear as a result of which there will be an uninterrupted flow of the northern wind.
The regional Met office also said that a low pressure trough has formed over South Andaman Sea which will hardly have any impact on the state. The low pressure trough will likely move towards Tamil Nadu. It would have no impact on Odisha and Bihar as well.
It may be mentioned that a low pressure trough had formed over Bay-of-Bengal in the latter half of November, which also delayed the process of winter. The air in the city and the South Bengal districts may be filled with fog in the early morning during the next few days.
In the city, the visibility will be around 500 meters during morning. The fog will get cleared as the day progresses. The temperature may further drop by 2-3 degree Celsius in the city during the night.

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