A cyclonic circulation has sucked out the chill and sent the mercury soaring as the city on Tuesday experienced its highest temperature in the past fortnight.
The day’s maximum temperature was 26.6 degrees Celsius, the highest since January 1, when the mercury shot past Tuesday’s mark by one-tenth of a degree. It’s also a record since December 16 last year when the city recorded a maximum temperature of 27.6.
According to the weatherman, the minimum and maximum temperature, as well as humidity, would continue to rise in the next few days.
“A cyclonic circulation over Bangladesh is drawing a lot of moisture from the Bay into Calcutta. It’s blocking the cold northerly wind and resulting in a rise in humidity,” said a G.C. Debnath, director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta.
“The city’s maximum temperature is a degree above normal and the minimum is normal. Still, if some Calcuttans are feeling uncomfortable, it’s because this winter has been exceptionally cold,” said a weatherman.