Kolkata: Kolkatans were on Wednesday greeted with the coldest day of the year as the minimum temperature dropped to one degrees Celsius. While the city enjoyed the chill on the fogless day, temperature dipped further in North Bengal. Darjeeling reported a minimum temperature of four degree Celsius.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, Alipore, minimum temperature during the first week of December in Kolkata never went below degrees in the past years.
The Met department has also forecast the minimum temperature in the city would remain at fifteen degrees in the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 17.3 degree Celsius, while it would remain at around 17-18 degree Celsius for the next couple of days.
Sriniketan in Birbhum district was the coldest in the plains with minimum temperature of 12 degrees Celsius at 5.30 am this morning, the MeT department said. In North Bengal, Jalpaiguri recorded the day’s maximum temperature at 13.5 degrees Celsius, while in Coochbehar the mercury rose to 11.4 degrees Celsius.
The weatherman has forecast cold spell to continue for the next few days and night temperatures may fall further in some areas, both in Gangetic plains and sub-Himalayan parts of West Bengal.