Riding out the winter: A bike family in Sakchi swears by woollens, if not by helmets, on a nippy Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
After R-Day, expect freedom from chill.
The bone-numbing weather, which was experienced around Christmas last year, has returned to torment the state and climate experts promise nature’s warmth only after January 26. They have, however, warned of another cold spell in February.
Analysts at Patna Meteorological Office said the nip in the air was being felt both during the day and at night because of a Celsius free fall over the past 24 to 48 hours.
Minimum temperatures at several places witnessed a plunge and Jamshedpur joined the sub-10 club. The local weather office recorded a reading of 9°C, four notches below the average normal.
Statistics showed that last year, the minimum had hovered between 11°C and 13°C in the steel city during this time of the year. Chaibasa, Chandil, Ghatshila and a few other pockets of the Kolhan region too experienced biting cold, as the mercury dived three degrees below normal in 48 hours.
Daltonganj registered a drop to 6.7°C on Thursday from 7.3°C some 24 hours ago. The reading was five notches below the average normal, which prompted weathermen to issue a cold wave alert in the Palamau region.
Night temperatures also plummeted in districts like Koderma, Hazaribagh, Deoghar and Khunti in 48hours.
Though the Celsius witnessed a rise in capital Ranchi, it still remained below the 10-degree mark. The local Met office recorded a minimum of 9.4°C. Yesterday, Ranchi had recorded 7.6°C.
There was not much fluctuations in the minimum reading of Bokaro, which stayed below 10°C.
Weathermen said there would be little variation in minimum temperatures in the next 48 hours. “The Celsius slide will stop except for a few pockets. The morning fog and evening mist will also reduce in the next two days,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Met office.
He added that one could look forward to some respite from the chill only after the next 48 hours. “Our observations suggest that night temperatures will rise after January 26. However, another cold snap is expected around the first week of February,” he warned.
Sen ruled out the possibility of any impact of a weak western disturbance near Afghanistan on Jharkhand’s weather. Last week, a western disturbance over north India and an anti-cyclonic circulation over eastern India had blocked the path of the North Wind. Its revival paved way for a Celsius slide.
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