Wonder why that nip in the morning air is going missing all day long? Well, the winter of 2012 seems to be waiting for Sachin Tendulkar.
The weatherman said on Tuesday that it would take “at least another seven days” for winter’s all-day chill to set in. That’s just when Tendulkar will be camping in Calcutta for the third Test against England (December 5 to 9) — and probably his last at the Eden Gardens.
The minimum temperature in Calcutta on Tuesday was 15.9 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. The maximum, too, was a degree below normal at 28.4. The afternoons and evenings will remain relatively warm till the maximum goes below 25 degrees.
“Going by our projections, Calcutta will have to wait another week, if not more, for that,” an India Meteorological Department official told Metro. “On Monday, the minimum was the season’s lowest, so far, at 15.4 (three notches below normal). But the maximum has remained in the 28-29-degree zone,” he added.
The all-day wintry chill generally arrives around the first week of December and packs a punch — by genteel Calcutta standards — till the end of January.
The sudden drop in the minimum temperature since Sunday was brought about by the combined impact of dry weather conditions and an active flow of the cool North Wind. But the northerly flow hasn’t gathered momentum over the past 48 hours.
The weatherman said the mercury isn’t likely to dip further this week as a low-pressure area is expected to form near the Andamans, hindering the flow of cold winds. “But after that, the minimum should drop to around the 13-degree mark within the first half of December,” said a scientist from the Noida-based National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting.
That would be answering one of the three prayers of cricket fanatic Sunil Agarwal, looking forward to five days in the pale winter sun. “I want to watch the Eden match from the stands in my new Timberland jacket, I want Sachin to score a hundred, and I want India to win the Test!” said the college student.