Kolkata: Bengal is literarily feeling the winter chill down its spine!
If this is not enough, the weather office has forecast a six-day long cold wave condition in all of south Bengal districts, barring Kolkata, until Thursday, 3 January morning. A cold wave is declared when the temperature dips four degrees below normal for three days in a row.
The worry for north Bengal is the forecast for dense fog until Monday, 31 January, which is likely to reduce the visibility below 200 metres. The region has already witnessed two fatal accidents today, partially due to poor visibility.
Kolkata began the day on a partly cloudy note with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.6 degree Celsius in southern parts of the city.
But in north Kolkata, specifically Dum Dum, the mercury sank to 8.7 degree Celsius, which was 3.9 notches below normal.
Some places in Kolkata’s adjoining North 24-Parganas witnessed an even lower temperature than this. At Barrackpore the minimum temperature was 7.1 degree Celsius. The condition in rest of south Bengal was not any better.
At sea beach destination Digha, the mercury dipped to 8.9 degree Celsius, that is, 4.5 notches lower than normal; Purulia 4.3 notches below normal at 7 degree Celsius; Burdwan 7.8 degree Celsius and; Santiniketan 6.7 degree Celsius, which is lower by 4.6 notches than normal.
In north Bengal, Darjeeling recorded the lowest temperature at -1 degree Celsius, 3.6 notches below normal.
This was due to the light snowfall in Darjeeling town and adjoining areas last evening and, 1.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 this morning. Today morning it snowed again in Tiger Hill and, Sandakphu.
The snowfall in Darjeeling town has occurred after a gap of 10 years. The last time it snowed in the Hill town was in 2008.
Although the sun showed its face in the Hills as the day grew but, due to the snow and rainfall till morning, Darjeeling’s maximum temperature today was 9 degree Celsius.
At Kalimpong, the minimum temperature was 3.5 degree Celsius, which is a remarkable 5.2 notches below normal.
Siliguri gave a close fight with the minimum temperature falling to 5.5 degree Celsius.
Next was Cooch Behar at 5.7 degree Celsius, that is, 3.9 notches below normal and, Jalpaiguri 6.8 degree Celsius, which is lower by 4.3 notches than normal.