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Fight the fog for 72 hours more

- Cyclonic circulation to trigger light rain in pockets today, three-day break for nursery to Class X

Jharkhand woke up to yet another gloomy morning of 2013 with blanket cloud and heavy fog conniving to blot out a mellowed sun for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday.

Weathermen blamed the not-so-winter condition on an upper air cyclonic circulation hovering over the neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. They predicted light rain in the next 24 hours and added that winter would look and feel like winter only after 72 hours.

The Patna Meteorological Office clarified that the trough of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal had moved towards Odisha and become weak. But, a fresh cyclonic circulation developed on Saturday evening.

Several pockets of Jharkhand will experience light rain in the next 24 hours. Foggy weather will continue to prevail, said a senior weather official in Patna.

According to him, the easterly wind sweeping through the state was resulting in heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere and this had blocked the crispy north wind. The easterly flow is also resulting in Celsius surge during the night, while day temperatures are dipping. Such conditions will prevail for another few days, he added.

The Sunday sky remained overcast in several places including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj.

Ranchi and its adjoining districts recorded a seven-degree plunge in maximum temperatures from around 24C on Saturday to around 17C.

The minimum reading in the capital, however, increased to 11C against 8.9C some 24 hours ago. Sundays minimum was two notches above the average normal.

Jamshedpur too recorded a day temperature of around 22.5C against 25.2C on Saturday. The reading was three degrees below average normal.

Minimum temperatures, on the other hand, witnessed a sprint of three degrees in the steel city and its adjoining areas of Ghatshila, Seraikela, Kharsawan, Chaibasa and Chandil. The local weather office in Jamshedpur showed 14.5C against 12.9C on Saturday.

Similarly, in Palamau and its adjoining districts, the night temperature rose by over two degrees in the past 24 hours. The Met observatory at Daltonganj recorded 9.3C against 7C. The day temperature plunged to 17C from 22C.

Winters signature chill was, however, felt in Dhanbad, Bokaro and their adjoining places, which were not affected by the cyclonic circulation. The minimum hovered between 5C and 8C.

The state has been in the grip of adverse atmospheric circulations since January 2 though the year had started well with bright sunshine.

Weathermen at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta said that the skies over Jharkhand would become clearer and night temperatures would take a dip after the next 72 hours.