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Warm up for cold snap before winter farewell

The sun may be singeing, but do not shelve your warmers yet. The North Wind will return for a final adieu.

The dominating easterly wind has pushed up Celsius beyond the 13C mark in the past 24 hours, but weathermen predict a short and crisp cold spell after 72 hours before winter officially makes an exit from Jharkhand.

We are expecting a further rise in minimum temperatures across the state because of the change in wind pattern from north-westerly to easterly. Besides, a western disturbance is also hovering over Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. This is blocking the passage of the North Wind and increasing moisture inflow into the atmosphere, said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Office.

He maintained that both maximum and minimum temperatures across the state would witness a surge in the next 72 hours, as the influence of the western disturbance would remain till such time.

The senior climate expert predicted a short spell of chill after February 7. Our observation suggests that minimum temperatures will plummet once again from February 8. The readings will drop at least 2-3 degrees below the average normal. The cold snap is expected to last for at least three days, he added.

In its short-term forecast, the Patna Met office on Tuesday signalled partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder and light rain at a few isolated places. The moisture inflow is resulting in cloud formation at some places, said a weatherman.

The prevailing easterly wind has, meanwhile, triggered a mercury rise in most parts of the state.

The local weather office in Jamshedpur on Tuesday recorded a minimum of 15.4C against 13.3C. The night reading was two notches above the average normal. The day temperature of 29.7C was also two degrees above the average normal. The minimum in Ranchi was 14.2C against 12.2C on Monday. The maximum was a notch above normal at 27C.

Daltonganj recorded a minimum of 13.3C against 11.3C some 24 hours ago. Tuesdays reading was three notches above the average normal.

At several places like Bokaro, Dhanbad, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Simdega, Gumla and Seraikela-Kharsawan, the minimum rose beyond 13C. Maximum temperatures in Bokaro, Koderma, Hazaribagh and Deoghar too witnessed a rise in 24 hours.

In weather parlance, winter exists if night readings stay below 13C. In several districts of Jharkhand, the minimum has crossed this mark due to adverse conditions. Moderate to heavy fog also existed at some places, especially in hilly terrain, which led to poor visibility early in the morning.