Kolkata: With the mercury on a free-fall since Christmas, Kolkata and most parts of Bengal is literally shivering. On top of this, the weather office has forecast light rain till Saturday (29 December) in Darjeeling Hills, Siliguri and, Alipurduar. The sky in rest of Bengal will remain partly cloudy during the period.
As a combined effect of these, the temperature will not only fall in north Bengal but the south Bengal districts, including Kolkata, will also witness the mercury dip further.
Especially, the night temperature will fall by up to four notches and, there is a warning for a cold wave in the districts of Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum and, Burdwan from Saturday onwards.
The weather office has also issued a warning for dense fog in parts of south and north Bengal from Friday onward. The temperature in Kolkata on Thursday (27 December) was as low as 11.5 degree Celsius, a dip by 2.3 notches from normal. The maximum temperature was 23.6 degree Celsius but that too was 2.1) notches below normal.
The forecast is that in the next 48-hours, the minimum temperature will drown further and likely to be around 10.5 degree Celsius. As regards other parts of the state, Darjeeling on Thursday recorded the lowest temperature at 1.5 degree Celsius, followed by Kalimpong 7 degree Celsius, Cooch Behar 7.9 degree Celsius, Siliguri 8 degree Celsius, Santiniketan 8.1 degree Celsius, Barrackpore 8.8 degree Celsius, Jalpaiguri and, Canning 9 degree Celsius and, Burdwan 9.6 degree Celsius.
Balurghat in north Bengal recorded the minimum temperature at 14 degree Celsius, which was the highest in the state. Diamond Harbour in south Bengal, on the other hand, witnessed the highest maximum temperature of 26.5 degree Celsius.