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Heat is on, keep it cool

Patna, March 7: Be prepared to sweat it out on Holi day.

The D-day will be hot and humid. But people are determined to overcome the tiring conditions with different hues and thandai (sweet drink).

If the present weather condition (read humid) is anything to go by, the festival of colours would be celebrated amid heat and humidity. A towel and a cap would come in handy while smearing colour on friends and relatives.

Experts said a cyclonic circulation prevailing over central India led to an unexpected upward movement of the mercury column over the past few days.

The temperature would continue to rise in the next two days as well.

Patna Met department director Ashish Sen said the weather condition is likely to normalise only after 48 hours.

Sen told The Telegraph: “Hot southerly winds are blowing over Bihar, Bengal and Jharkhand because of a cyclonic circulation prevailing over central India, including Odisha, Jharkhand and neighbouring regions. Consequently, a rise in maximum and minimum temperatures has been observed during the past three days.”

The minimum temperature was 13.9°C on Sunday. On Monday, it climbed to 16.1°C (+2).

Yesterday, the minimum temperature recorded was 17.1°C (+3). Today it was 19°C.

“The southerly winds are also carrying moisture, increasing the humidity to around 55 to 70 per cent as against the usual 40 to 50 per cent at this time of the year,” Sen said.

“The wind direction is likely to change from southerly to south-easterly to easterly from Saturday. This would bring down the maximum and minimum temperatures,” added Sen.

Vijayendra Kumar, an employee in a public sector bank, said: “Till a few days ago, I was wearing a half-sweater. But now I don’t. The air-conditioner has been switched on in my office. I put on the fans at home during night.”