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Sunny start to New Year

There is good news for New Year revellers — the weather god won’t play party pooper on the first day of 2013, with dry weather forecast over Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.

“Weather will be pleasant in the next 24 hours. The sun will shine brightly. The crisp north-westerly wind which is dominating over the state would continue to blow at a speed of 10-12km per hour. Places in higher altitudes and hilly terrain might witness early morning fog,” A.K. Sen, director of the Patna Meteorological Office, said.

The senior Met official ruled out the possibility of western disturbances or any atmospheric circulations, which might impact Jharkhand’s weather condition in the next two days. Cloud formation in a few districts close to Bengal is expected after January 3, he explained.

On January 1, 2012 revellers at several places including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj, Dhanbad and Bokaro had to contend with an overcast start to the year.

Ranchi also had to brave rain. Koderma, Khunti and Seraikela also experienced showers.

This year, the minimum reading in Jamshedpur is expected to remain between 8-9°C on Tuesday while the maximum temperature would hover between 25-26°C.

Ranchi on Monday recorded a minimum of 9.4°C. Weathermen said that there won’t be significant change in the minimum temperature in the capital on Tuesday and it would remain below 10°C.

The minimum temperature in Dhanbad and Bokaro was also expected to remain below 10°C on Tuesday while the maximum temperature would be around 21-22°C.

Similarly, the minimum temperature in other places would hover between 8-10°C.

“Last year the weather was gloomy throughout the day and the temperature had shot up, making us uncomfortable. This year we hope the weather will not betray us as we plan to spend a day out. After all, this day comes just once a year,” said homemaker Sumita Chatterjee, who has planned a picnic with her family at Jamshedpur’s Jubilee Park.


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