Wind chills out, cold loses bite

Just when Calcuttans were getting used to a "real winter", the cold lost a bit of its bite on Thursday with the minimum temperature rising slightly and the northerly wind flow waning in intensity.

A day after the city's coldest day in two decades, the temperature remained sub-10 at 9.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, but it didn't feel as cold since it was less windy.

"The wind slowed down on Thursday and so the bite of the chill lessened considerably. But there is no weather system to block the wind flow. So, if the wind picks up intensity, the sub-10 chill can well make a return," said G.K. Das, the acting in-charge of the weather section at the Regional Meteorological Office in Alipore.

The maximum temperature is likely to go up further in the next two days as the solar radiation is taking effect during the day and the sun's rays are gaining unabated access in the absence of a cloud cover. The maximum temperature saw a sharp rise in the last 24 hours ' from 19.6 to 23.4 degrees Celsius, three less than normal, on Thursday.

The minimum temperature, too, is likely to go up, though not as drastically, before the sub-10 chill makes a comeback. On Friday, the mercury is likely to stay between 10 and 11, still comfortably below the normal mark of 14.

"The city felt distinctly warmer on Thursday compared with Wednesday. I hope we can enjoy at least one more chilly spell this season," said Abira Mitra, a homemaker from the Ruby hospital area who has to take her toddler to school early in the morning but still loves the wintry chill.

Abira's prayers may well be answered.

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