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Celsius free fall touches three-year low in capital

Be all buttoned up. The crisp north wind is ready to send the Celsius tumbling.

Weathermen hinted that minimum temperatures which touched the 10C mark in Ranchi and Daltonganj on Wednesday, the first time in three years would plunge further in the next 24 hours.

Jharkhand and Odisha are in the grip of a high-pressure gradient, which will drag down night readings. The wind pattern is also favourable for an unabated Celsius slide, said a senior weather analyst at the Patna Meteorological Office.

In its forecast, the Met office said weather in Jharkhand would remain dry for the next 72 hours. However, conditions may take a turn after three days owing to the impact of a western disturbance hovering over the northern part of the country.

Statistics revealed that several places, including Ranchi and Daltonganj, on Wednesday recorded their seasons lowest minimum temperatures. While the capital shivered at 10.4C, the heat chamber of Jharkhand clocked a chill record of 10.3C.

In both places, the minimum was two notches below the average normal. On Tuesday, Ranchi was a tad warmer at 11.2C as was Daltonganj at 11.3C

In steel hub Jamshedpur, the cold meter read 11.4C on Wednesday against 12C 24 hours ago. The days minimum was two notches below the average normal.

Night readings also plummeted in several districts like Koderma, Hazaribagh, Deoghar, Khunti, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum in the last 24 hours.

Chaibasa, Chandil, Ghatshila and a few other pockets of Kolhan region too experienced the nip, as the mercury dived two degrees below normal in 48 hours.

However, there were no significant changes in temperatures in the coal belt districts of Bokaro and Dhanbad. Weathermen said both places were likely to register a single-degree drop in the next 24 hours.

Statistics revealed that for the first time in three years minimum temperatures had dropped between 10C and 11C in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj. In the past, readings at this time of the season had hovered between 12C and 14C.

The shiver season is certainly here. We are feeling the nip both during the day and at night. In fact, nights are much colder this time compared to last year, Sourav Mukherjee, a resident of Doranda, Ranchi, seconded weathermen.

Bonfires have become the order of the night, while woollens are a must for Jubilee Park jaunts.

Jamshedpur morning-walker Sumita Agarwal said she was already wearing layers to beat the chill. An extra sweater has become necessary. It is really freezing in the morning, she said.

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