A slightly stronger flow of the North Wind resulted in a marginal dip in the mercury on Wednesday, which tied with Monday to become the season’s coldest day so far.
The minimum temperature slid to 15.4 degrees Celsius — two notches below normal — from Tuesday’s 15.9. The maximum dropped from Tuesday’s 28.4 to 27.9.
“The early morning and afternoon were cooler than 24 hours ago but this is how far it could go for at least the next couple of days. With the conditions staying largely unchanged, we do not expect a substantial decline in temperature before the weekend,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department. “The drop in Wednesday’s temperature was brought about by a slight strengthening of the North Wind flow.”
Winter’s all-day chill is unlikely to set in for another week or so, when the maximum should dip below 25 degrees.
According to the weatherman, the key could lie with a low-pressure area forming near the Andamans. “This would hinder the flow of cold wind by increasing the moisture content of the air over south Bengal,” he said.
Kaushiki and Harsh are two Calcuttans with an eye on the Andaman sky. “It has been raining every day there. On Tuesday, it rained over 30mm. We are praying that our honeymoon is not a total washout after jumping through hoops to make hotel and transport reservations in the Andaman islands,” said the young couple.