The rain god’s August bounty is spilling into September.
Weathermen on Monday issued a heavy rain alert over Jharkhand in 24 hours.
“The state is under the influence of a cyclonic circulation, lying in the lower level of the atmosphere. Rainfall will be widespread, while heavy showers are expected in a few pockets,” said B.N. Chaudhury, a senior official at Patna Meteorological Centre.
Chaudhury said the monsoon trough, which had split into two on Sunday evening, was also active over the state. While one is passing through Bahraich, Motihari, Dhubri and extends up to Arunachal Pradesh, the other is crossing Motihari, Bhagalpur, Berhampore, Canning and is extended up to the north Bay of Bengal.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too predicted widespread rain in Jharkhand, albeit for the next two days. “The cyclonic circulation, which formed over the state last evening, will result in a good spell of heavy rain,” said a duty officer at the centre.
The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded around 18mm of rain till 6.30pm on Monday. Dark clouds blanketed the sky, prompting the city to turn on streetlights as early as afternoon.
Met data revealed that the showers began on Sunday evening and most places recorded more than 40mm in 24 hours (see chart).
Topping the rain chart is Godda with 113mm, followed by Pakur, which registered 70mm, and Sikadia that soaked in 67mm.
Maximum temperatures plunged in many places, while relative humidity during the day touched a ton.
The wet spell did not allow the deficit to rise either. Jharkhand has so far received 685.9mm against a normal of 868mm, a loss of 21 per cent.
Districts like East Singhbhum, Lohardaga, Latehar and Koderma are already on the surplus list. And, their rain figures are expected to swell after the ongoing spell.
Weathermen said heavy rain in the next 24 hours might drag down the deficit further. “September has begun well with several places experiencing rainfall activity. It is a good sign, which is taking the state towards a normal monsoon,” said a weather expert in Patna.