If your wardrobe has already hit the winter haute, you are advised to wait awhile. The nip may be here, but the shiver is still more than a week away.
While a saturated Jharkhand heaved a sigh of relief on Sunday with a let-up in rainfall activity, weathermen predicted a mostly dry week and near normal mercury readings till the first week of November.
“The depression over Bay of Bengal near coastal Andhra Pradesh is dissipating. The inclement weather is expected to stabilise in the next couple of days, with the effect of depression growing weaker,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta confirmed this. “Weather in Jharkhand will improve in 24 hours. It will mainly remain dry for the next 48 hours. Light showers may occur in isolated pockets owing to presence of heavy moisture in the atmosphere,” said a duty officer.
Weather officials explained that though monsoon had withdrawn on October 19, the transition to winter was not taking place because of low-pressure troughs over the Bay of Bengal.
“Adverse atmospheric circulations and formation of dense clouds are preventing night temperatures from plummeting. In most districts day readings are witnessing a fall, while minimum is staying 3-4 notches above normal,” said an analyst in Patna.
He added that the nip in the air was being felt in places like Ranchi because of altitude and winter was not due before early November. Normally, the Met office declares the season of shiver when the minimum temperature dives below 15°C and stays put for three days flat.
Weathermen in Patna said there was no system over the Bay or Gangetic Bengal that might influence Jharkhand’s weather any further. “The chart analysis and satellite study reveals that there is no possibility of atmospheric circulation in the next 48 hours,” said analyst B.N. Chaudhury.
On Sunday, the sun played hide-and-seek though rainfall was not reported from any IMD observatory after 8.30am. Districts like East Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Ramgarh and Koderma recorded high humidity ranging between 90 and 100 per cent during daytime.
“The clouds will disappear gradually as the wind pattern has changed to westerly,” Chaudhury added.