Kolkata: The city on Wednesday witnessed the coldest day of the season as mercury plummeted to 11 degrees Celsius on the back of a moderate cold wave sweeping across south Bengal.
The city`s minimum temperature was three degrees below
normal, the local weather office said.
It said the average minimum temperature in south Bengal
districts was hovering between seven and 10 degrees Celsius
with the prospect of further slide in the next 24 hours.
With the northerly wind blowing hard from northern India,
where cold wave conditions prevail, most of the districts in
south Bengal experienced a chill, it said.
The minimum temperature plummeted to 7.1 deg C at
Sriniketan in Birbhum district, 7.2 degrees at Uluberia in
Howrah district, eight deg c at Bankura, 9.1 degrees at
Krishnagar in Nadia district and 9.7 degrees at Midnapore.
Popular sea-resort Digha and adjoining Contai also
shivered under the cold snap.
The MeT office said though Kalimpong in north Bengal
recorded a low of five deg C, other areas like Malda and
Coochbehar fared better compared to south Bengal, registering
10.6 degrees and 11.4 degrees respectively.
Meanwhile, dense fog in the northern and northeastern
region caused inordinate delay in the arrival of trains today
at Howrah and Sealdah stations, ranging between nine and 13
hours, Eastern Railway sources said.