Schoolgirls walk back home in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Cyclone Helen, which made landfall at 120kmph in coastal Andhra Pradesh on Friday afternoon, pushed up minimum temperatures across Jharkhand as the sun took cloud cover.
In its forecast, the Patna Meteorological Centre said night readings would continue climbing the Celsius ladder for the next 48 hours.
“The impact of the severe cyclonic storm has resulted in cloud formation in Odisha and parts of Jharkhand. This will increase minimum temperatures,” said R.K. Giri, the director-in-charge of Patna office.
The senior weather official said that after hitting land, the storm had weakened. “The cyclone passed through lower latitudes. Had it moved upwards, Jharkhand and Bengal would have received rain.”
Weathermen at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta said another weak system over the Bay of Bengal was resulting in moisture incursion into the atmosphere and resulting in formation of clouds. “ The minimum readings will remain steady or witness rise for the next couple of days after which it will dip again,” said a duty officer.
He ruled out the possibility of western disturbances (a normal weather phenomenon during this time of the season that brings rain) impacting Jharkhand’s weather in the next 72 hours.
The minimum reading in Ranchi shot up by two degrees on Friday. The capital recorded 12.4°C, a notch above normal. On Thursday, Ranchi had had a colder night at 10°C.
In Jamshedpur, the minimum was 15.6°C, two degrees above normal. On Thursday, the local IMD observatory had recorded 13.3°C. “The nip in the air was missing today. I did not need warm clothes,” said Jubilee Park morning-walker Saroj Srivastava.
Daltonganj and its adjoining areas too felt warmer at around 12°C against 10°C some 24 hours ago.
Statistics revealed that minimum temperatures were climbing in districts like West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Khunti, Simdega, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh.
Ghatshila and Baharagora (East Singhbhum), which are close to the Bengal border, were as warm as 17°C and above.