An autorickshaw is forced to switch on headlights on a foggy morning in Jamshedpur on Friday. The unfavourable weather meant visibility was reduced to a mere 350 metres at several places in the state. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, Feb. 1: The final bells are tolling for the winter chill.
A change in wind pattern coupled with a western disturbance pushed up the Celsius across a foggy Jharkhand today. And, if weathermen are to be believed, the nip in the air will be gone by this weekend.
The freak streak of a maverick winter continued with an abrupt rise in night temperatures in the past 24 hours in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj and several other places.
“The wind pattern is shifting from westerly to easterly. There will be free flow of easterly currents in the next couple of days due to a western disturbance hovering near Jammu and Kashmir,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Office.
He added that the disturbance was “strong” and would “impact” some states, including Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttarakhand. “At this moment, it is difficult to predict, but light rain may occur in some parts of the state after February 4.”
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too hinted at a Celsius surge after the next 24 hours. “We are expecting a rise in minimum readings in Jharkhand owing to the easterly wind flow, which will also result in moisture incursion,” said director G.C. Debnath.
The day’s above-10 readings further corroborated the forecast.
The night temperature in Jamshedpur rose to 13°C from 9.3°C yesterday. Today’s minimum reading was a notch above the average normal. Ranchi too was warmer at 12.8°C. Yesterday, the capital had recorded 8.1°C.
Daltonganj, which had dropped to sub-seven temperatures earlier this week, felt cosier at 11.8°C. Yesterday, the Palamau district headquarters was shivering at 8°C. The day’s minimum, again, was a notch above the average normal.
Several districts like Bokaro, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Simdega and Gumla too crossed the 11°C mark. They had all reeled under 8°C earlier this week.
The unfavourable weather resulted in moderate to heavy fog at many places, especially those at higher altitudes. Visibility was reduced to 350 metres this morning in East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Koderma. Met officials said the haze would partly clear tomorrow due to formation of clouds in the lower levels of atmosphere.
January-end had been unusually cold this year, with the sub-10 minimum remaining much below the average normal for eight days at a stretch. A weather analyst said free flow of the North Wind had triggered the cold spell, which is now being broken by a strong western disturbance.