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Rainfall cloud over New Year

- Sudden showers may spoil January 1 celebrations, minimum temperature will not be above 11°C

Rain could dampen the New Year celebrations of residents for the third consecutive year even as the barometer might record a temperature similar to January 1, 2012, which was around 11°C.

Weathermen have predicted that the coming few days could be cold and cloudy with a possibility of light rainfall on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1. The reason for the inclement weather is a western disturbance that caused precipitation in Jammu on Wednesday.

Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department, Patna, told The Telegraph: “A western disturbance, prevailing over Jammu at present, can cause cold and foggy conditions for a couple of days from December 31. It can also cause light rainfall in case the western disturbance gets stronger by the time it hits the central parts of Bihar.” North and central Bihar, including Patna, will get rainfall.

This won’t be the first year though. Rain had poured cold water on the first day celebrations in 2012 and 2011. The haze on the likely weather condition is expected to clear over the next 48 hours.

“Sometimes, the disturbance can also turn towards eastern India from Uttar Pradesh, leaving Bihar untouched. We would observe its movement over the next 48 hours after which a clear picture of its impact on Bihar would be available,” Sen added.

He, however, added that the minimum temperature in Patna is expected to start dipping from Friday but it might start shooting upward if the western disturbance hits the state. “In no way it would rise above 11°C,” said Sen.

As of now residents are enjoying pleasant days and chilly nights because of the dominance of the northerly winds.


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