The sky is set to clear and the night temperature is likely to dip in the next couple of days, triggering a wintry chill for the first time this year.
A weather system drawing moisture from the sea has begun moving away from Bengal, paving the way for a Celsius slide. The minimum temperature hovered between 10 and 11.7 degrees Celsius in the last few days of 2012 but started rising since New Year’s Eve, On Thursday, it reached 17.2 degrees, a good four degrees above normal.
In the past seven days, the maximum temperature has gone up from 21.9 to 24.9 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, and the forecast is for it to remain around that mark.
“The trough of low pressure from the Bay of Bengal has moved away towards Odisha. That was causing incursion of moisture and blocking the North Wind. Now, the day temperature should rise and the night temperature should fall,” said an official of the Met office at Alipore.
The weatherman also warned of mist in the morning in the city and its suburbs.