A girl takes a cool break in Jamshedpur on a hot Thursday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
If the sun is already singeing, brace for blisters.
Most parts of the state are likely to witness a rise in daytime readings by at least two degrees in the next 48 hours, taking the Celsius close to an oppressive 40°C by weekend.
In East Singhbhum and its adjoining districts, the maximum temperature crossed the 37°C mark on Thursday. Steel city Jamshedpur sweated and fretted at 37.4°C, three notches above normal and the highest of the season so far.
Temperatures also hovered around 37°C in Deoghar and Hazaribagh districts.
Daltonganj in Palamau recorded a day reading of 35.1°C, while Bokaro was a tad higher at 35.6°C. Thursday’s maximum in Daltonganj was two notches above the average normal, while it was three steps up in Bokaro.
Capital Ranchi stayed the coolest at 32.4°C, but the reading was still two degrees above normal. Dhanbad, on the other hand, recorded around 34°C for the second consecutive day.
Met officials attributed the Celsius surge to wind and rain factors. “So far, none of the districts of Jharkhand has experienced a Nor’wester. Jharkhand is in the grip of dry westerly winds that push up day temperatures,” explained A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Office.
Patna has predicted a mercury march for 48 hours. The Alipore weather office in Calcutta has corroborated the forecast.
Sen said chart analysis showed that westerly winds were preventing cloud formation and moisture incursion into the atmosphere from the Bay of Bengal. “Only a Nor’wester can bring relief. However, there is no sign of one.
Last year, Jamshedpur and some districts had witnessed a Nor’wester in the second week of March.