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Say hello to wet Monday blues

Jharkhand, keep those umbrellas handy. Sun, shiver and shower will continue playing a merry game of musical chairs in the last leg of February, too, as western disturbance due to an extra-tropical storm from the Mediterranean poses a fresh rain threat.

Weathermen said the western disturbance, which hovered over neighbouring Bihar and resulted in rain at a few places, including Patna, on Sunday afternoon, would hit Jharkhand on Monday.

As a teaser, its impact was felt in parts of Jharkhand on Sunday, including Daltonganj, which experienced light showers late in the afternoon.

Patna Meteorological Office in its Sunday forecast predicted rain with thundershowers at isolated areas in Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.

“Due to the influence of the western disturbance passing through Patna, a few pockets of Jharkhand are expected to get rain in the next 24 hours. But though there is a low-pressure trough over Jharkhand, it is feeble,” said Ashish Kumar Sen, Patna Met director.

The senior Met official said the western disturbance is currently having a stronger effect in the north — the western Himalayan region, adjoining plains of northwest and central India. Delhi had a good spell of rain on February 23.

On Sunday, the incoming western disturbance knocked at Jharkhand’s sky with clouds at several places over Jharkhand, including Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Daltonganj. The wind pattern changed, fluctuating between north-westerly and easterly, resulting in moisture incursion into the atmosphere and helping clouds form.

The cloud cover also pushed up night temperatures. Ranchi on Sunday recorded a minimum of 15.2°C, two notches above normal. On February 23, Ranchi was a colder 12.8°C.

In Jamshedpur, the night temperature rose to 14.8°C from 12.8°C just 24 hours before.

Adjoining Chaibasa, Kharsawan, Chandil and Ghatshila also saw a rise in mercury. In Daltonganj, minimum reading on Sunday shot up to 16.1°C, over three notches above normal. On February 23, the Daltonganj recorded 12.7°C.

By now, Jharkhand should get used to the western disturbance. After all, this is the third consecutive week. The previous two — around February 8 and 15 — had led to surprise showers in Ranchi, East Singhbhum and other districts.

Weathermen at Regional Meteorological Centre, Calcutta, said though it was winter’s last lap, western disturbance would stretch it some more.

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