Calcutta is galloping towards the 10-degree mark with the Celsius on Sunday dipping to a decadeís December low of 11.4 degrees.

The minimum temperature touching three degrees below normal, the weatherman was eyeing the coveted cold reading ďwithin 48 hoursĒ.

An official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Delhi said: ďIt looked a little uncertain on Saturday, but Sundayís further fall seems to have sealed the deal, with the minimum temperature likely to be around 10 degrees Celsius by Wednesday. It could turn out to be the coldest Calcutta winter ever.Ē

The minimum temperature at the airport on Sunday was 10.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal.

February 3, 2008 was the last time the mercury had dipped below 11, at 10.8 degrees Celsius. Calcutta is generally cooler in January and early February than in December. The lows this month could herald a record-breaking January-February, feels the weatherman. ...
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