The cold wave sweeping most of West Bengal maintained its grip over the region on Sunday with Darjeeling reeling at a low of 0.3 degrees and Kolkata recording the seasons coldest day.
The state capital saw the mercury plummeting to 10 degrees,four notches below normal,while neighbouring Dum Dum shivered at 8.8 deg C,the Regional Meteorological Centre said. It said the cold wave condition is likely to continue in most of south Bengal districts in the next 24 hours.
The severe chill was also felt in Sagar Island,where eight lakh pilgrims took the holy dip at the stroke of dawn on the occasion of Makarsankranti today.
The weathermen said that incursion of dry northerly wind from Jharkhand caused temperatures to fall in most of south Bengal districts. This condition is likely to continue for the next 24 hours, a MeT official said.
Mercury hovered between eight degrees and 11 degrees Celsius in both north and south Bengal districts including Cooch Behar,Jalpaiguri,Malda,Bankura,Sriniketan and the sea resort of Digha.