Nurses of Patliputra Medical College and Hospital step out all covered up as the mercury soars to 41.8°C in rain-deprived Dhanbad on Thursday afternoon. Picture by Gautam Dey
A weak Nor’wester, triggered by an upper atmosphere cyclonic circulation hovering over Jharkhand, resulted in sharp showers in Jamshedpur and several other parts of the state on Thursday evening, dragging down a hitherto adamant Celsius by several notches.
The cooler news: expect another stormy relief — a longer and stronger one — in the next 48 hours.
The Patna Meteorological Office confirmed that this was the season’s second Nor’wester. The first had hit Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj on March 31. April remained an agony month, with not a single of the summer saviour coming to the rescue of swelter cities, though squalls occasionally tamed the mercury.
“A Nor’wester originated from the Chotanagpur Plateau region today, but it was weak. We are expecting a strong Nor’wester in the next couple of days,” said D.C. Gupta, the director of the Patna weather office.
Weathermen have issued a squall warning in isolated places, with windspeed reaching 50-60kmph, in the next two days.
After an oppressive morning, rain clouds began building up in the sky in the afternoon with heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere. Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas recorded about 1.5mm of rainfall from 3pm.
Seraikela, Chaibasa, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Garhwa received light showers. Capital Ranchi and heat chamber Daltonganj saw clouds, but the rain sop eluded them. Bokaro and Dhanbad remained largely deprived.
P.D. Sen, a weather official at the Jamshedpur Met office, said they were expecting some more rainfall activity. “Variable wind pattern and moisture feeding resulted in a conducive weather condition, which resulted in showers today. We recorded a moderate windspeed of 35kmph,” he said.
From a day’s high of 38.8°C (at 1pm), the temperature in the steel city plummeted to 29.5°C within two hours following thunderstorm and showers. The maximum reading dropped by about three degrees from Wednesday’s tormenting 41.2°C. It was two degrees below the average normal.
In the state capital, the mercury dipped to 36.1°C from 37.4°C on Wednesday. The temperature was three degrees below normal. The local observatory in Daltonganj recorded a maximum of 39.8°C, one degree below normal. The town had sweated at 40.2°C on Wednesday.
The day temperature decreased by a degree in Bokaro, which recorded 41.1°C against 42.2°C some 24 hours ago. There was no significant change in the weather condition in coal capital Dhanbad, which read 41.8°C, two degrees above normal.
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