cold spell

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Noun1.cold spell - a spell of cold weather
while, spell, patch, piece - a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
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Then suddenly I came to myself (though that was the only time during the evening's play when fear cast its cold spell over me, and showed itself in a trembling of the hands and knees).
This was one day, and the cold spell lasted for fourteen of them.
Traders were monitoring a cold spell setting in across Europe and the Black Sea region, though reaction was limited as snow cover was seen protecting crops for now in areas facing the most severe temperatures.
The cold spell is expected to last until the weekend, according to Meteo France, the national weather service, which indicated that there have been only two other similar cold waves since 1971.
The cold spell of weather is expected to hit at the end of the week.
He added: "If the cold spell arrives it could stick around for a long time - there are signs it could stay until March.
The same cold spell in Quirino province saw the mercury drop to 17 degrees C at Nagtipunan town, and 18 degrees C in Maddela and Cabarroguis towns at 6:30 a.
According to local media, as many as 12 people have so far died in three northern Bangladesh districts due to the cold spell.
One weather forecaster dubbed the coming cold spell "one that would give a real sense of winter.
The recent cold spell is likely to continue till Tuesday after which the weather will remain moderately cold' the met office said in a statement.
The ongoing cold spell has intensified across the country wherein people have put on warm clothes to fight frosty weather conditions.