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Night readings set to plummet

Jamshedpur, Dec. 19: Expect to be hit by a chilly onslaught of icy northern wind this weekend.

Patna Meteorological Office in its forecast today predicted a further drop in minimum temperatures around the state, which would mean most districts will shiver in sub-10 weather, while Kanke on the outskirts of Ranchi will record a numbing 6-7C.

“The north-westerly current, which had become weak due to adverse weather conditions, has gained momentum. This will result in a further dip in minimum readings in the next 48 hours,” Patna Met office director Ashish Kumar Sen said.

Sen added that the impact would be greatest in the Chotanagpur plateau region.

The regional agriculture and weather research centre at Darisai in East Singhbhum corroborated the Patna readings. “The chill factor in our area will continue to increase for the next two days. Day temperatures too will witness a fall,” an official said.

Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta G.C. Debnath also hinted at low temperatures later this week. “The north-westerly wind will drag down the mercury in most places. Minimum temperatures in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and elsewhere will nosedive. The relatively dry weather will prevail in the state for some time,” he said.

The senior Met official ruled out the possibility of rainfall in the next few days but said morning fog would occur.

Meanwhile, due to the favourable wind pattern, minimum readings dropped at several places in the last 48 hours. Steel city Jamshedpur today recorded a minimum of 10.4C, three notches below normal. Yesterday, Jamshedpur was warmer at 13.4C.

The local weather office in capital Ranchi today recorded 11.2C, two notches below normal. Yesterday, the capital’s minimum reading was 12.2C.

Daltonganj too recorded a three-point below normal minimum temperature of 10.5C. Several other districts like Koderma, Latehar, Hazaribagh, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan witnessed a sharp fall in night temperatures.

In Bokaro and Dhanbad, the night reading hovered around 11-12C.