The Celsius plummeted to 12.1 degrees in Kolkata on Saturday, making it the coldest January 29 in nine years.
The city was colder on January 29, 2013, when the minimum temperature was 10.7 degrees (see chart).
On Saturday, the minimum temperature was three notches below normal for this time of the year.
The mercury is likely to stay in the “12-degree range” for the next couple of days, according to the Met office.
The bite of the northwesterly winds is being felt in the city from Thursday night. The winds have been growing in intensity.
Like Friday, the day temperature was on the lower side on Saturday as well, despite the sun shining brightly for most of the first half.
The maximum temperature was around 22 degrees, four notches below normal.
Heavy woollens covered Kolkatans who stepped out, even in the afternoon.
With parks and museums shut, the Maidan was the destination of thousands of revellers who made most of the winter sun.
The city is under the grip of what is being billed as the “final cold spell” of this winter.
The spell is tipped to be broken by another western disturbance in the middle of this week. The next weekend is tipped to be rainy in the city.