Calcutta experienced its coldest November day in a decade on Thursday, and the good news is that the early morning and night chill is likely to persist till Friday.
In the last couple of years, the November temperature had never gone below 16.6 degrees Celsius (recorded on November 28 last year).
On Thursday, the mercury touched 14.2 degrees, down by more than two notches.
“I felt positively chilly in the morning, like we feel during the height of winter in Calcutta,” said 24-year-old software engineer Esha Paul. “I was yet more surprised when I found what the minimum temperature was.”
Thursday was also the first day of the season when the temperature dropped below the 15-degree mark. Usually, Calcutta experiences “sub-15 weather” only in mid-December, said a weather expert.
The weatherman’s prediction is that the temperature would hover around the 14-degree mark till Friday and gradually increase after that.
“We are experiencing the cold temperature because of a low-pressure area near the Andamans,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta. “It is drawing winds from the northern parts of the country, which are much cooler. The breeze is bringing the temperature down in Calcutta,” he added.
The temperature, however, is likely to go up from Saturday, when the minimum is expected to go up by a degree.
“The low-pressure area near the Andamans is likely to move away towards the southern coast and its effect on this region would stop, making the temperature rise once again,” said a senior IMD official.
On the whole, the city recorded an average minimum temperature of 19.6 degrees Celsius in November, about the same as the 30-year mean of November temperatures recorded in the city between 1971 and 2000 — 19.7 degrees.