Children on way to school on a chilly Tuesday morning in Bokaro. (Pankaj Singh)
Jamshedpur, Jan. 8: Amid rising political temperatures, the mercury took a sudden plunge in Jharkhand, prompting weathermen to declare cold wave conditions across the state and sound an alert in isolated pockets.
The chilling changes — both in terms of governance and minimum readings — came with fresh winds from the north, the Congress feelers from Delhi included, sweeping through the state.
The Patna Meteorological Office, in its evening forecast today, warned of cold wave conditions for the next 48 hours. It issued its severity alert in a few places, including Daltonganj, Latehar, Garhwa and Bokaro, where night temperatures have plummeted six notches below average normal.
“Favourable winter has returned to Jharkhand after about a week. Two climate systems, which resulted in fog and cloud for the past few days, have cleared away. Clear sky and dry weather will prevail (in Jharkhand) for the next few days. This will result in further drop in minimum readings,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna weather office.
The Celsius today took a nosedive in Daltonganj, which recorded a minimum of 3.3°C against yesterday’s 6.7°C.
The reading today was six degrees below the average normal and statistics suggest it to be a rerun of 2011. On January 10 two years ago, the local observatory in Daltonganj had recorded the same lowest a minimum. Last year, the Palamau headquarters had registered the season’s lowest of 4.9°C on January 14.
The minimum witnessed a sharp fall in Ranchi and Jamshedpur too, thanks to the change in wind pattern from easterly to north-westerly.
The capital today shivered at 6.2°C against yesterday’s 12.2°C. The reading was four degrees below the average normal. A further dip is expected in the next 24 hours.
Jamshedpur, its adjoining districts of West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Simdega and Khunti recorded night readings of 10°C and below.
The steel hub read exactly 10°C, two notches below normal. The minimum here has plummeted by six degrees in the last 24 hours.
The other steel city, Bokaro, got the jitters at 3.9°C against 6.1°C yesterday. The minimum here too was six notches below the normal. Coal town Dhanbad was a tad warmer at 7.2°C, albeit four points below the average normal.
Weathermen said biting cold and wily north wind would continue for another 48 hours.
“The chill has intensified because of the strong flow of the cold, dry north-westerlies. The cold wave prevailing in large parts of northern India will impact the weather in Jharkhand for a few days,” said G.C. Debnath, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta.