Winter is here! Well, almost. A one degree drop in the night temperature is all that will take the weathermen to make it official.
The night temperature in Kolkata has been dropping steadily over the past fortnight bringing a sharp nip in the air. While many have stopped switching on their fans and ACs at night, the chill at dawn and the early hours have forced morning walkers to drape a shawl or muffler as they head out for a healthy stroll.
“While the night temperature had been hovering around 24°C even till the first week of November, it has since dropped to about 17°C,” said Sanjeeb Bandyopadhyay, deputy director general of the Indian Meteorological Department’s regional office in Kolkata.
Though, unlike the onset of monsoon, the weathermen are not known to announce the arrival of winter, the Met department says the season has arrived if the night temperature falls below the 16°C mark and drops further.
“The winter is just one degree away from Kolkata. It’s just a matter of time before we can say winter is finally here,” a senior Met official said.
“Over the next week or so, the skies will remain clear. This would allow the land to radiate heat at night. The minimum temperature would hover around 17°C-18°C,” the weather official said.
Met officials in Delhi and Pune had earlier predicted that the winter would arrive on time this year and the temperature would remain in the normal range — meaning the chill won’t be harsh.