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Plummeting Mercury and Sharp Winds, Strike Calcutta

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Unseasonal rain, accompanied by plummeting mercury and sharp winds, kept Calcutta indoors on Friday. The maximum temperature on Friday was 17.1 degrees Celsius, 10 degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was 15.4 degrees, one degree below normal. “There’s only a small difference between the maximum and minimum temperature and that’s why we are feeling cold.” The moisture-laden western disturbance that lay over Jharkhand and Gangetic Bengal on Thursday hardly moved on Friday, leading to formation of tall columns of rainclouds. The low-pressure zones generally originate in the north-western part of the country at this time of the year. Wind from the Bay of Bengal is packing more moisture into the western disturbance.
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