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Brrr! Unpack your woollens

And you think the cold is just biting, huh? In a few days, it will numb your bones.

Tempests too many laid to rest, weathermen have signalled the beginning of crisp winter with sub-10°C chill in most parts of Jharkhand in the next 24 hours. Favourable wind pattern and plummeting relative humidity will ensure that you can, finally, flaunt some winter fashion.

“The dominating north wind is compelling night temperatures to fall. Snowfall in the northern plains and a western disturbance, albeit weak, will have impact on Jharkhand,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

A weather analyst in Patna warned that the winter would get harsh around Christmas. “Minimum temperatures are expected to drop below 7°C at several places around that time,” he warned.

Sen pointed out that several places, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Khunti and the hilly terrain of Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana, witnessed clear skies on Sunday. Humidity was low and conducive to cold.

The meteorological department has predicted similar weather across the state for the next two days, along with shallow fog and mist in early mornings and evenings. The forecast has ruled out possibility of cloud formation owing to local effect or any prevailing system over the Bay of Bengal.

Ranchi recorded its season’s lowest minimum temperature on Sunday (see box). Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas too cherished sub-10 chill.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta hinted at a mercury plunge at higher altitudes in 24 hours. “We do not foresee intervention of any western disturbance in the next few day,” said the duty officer. He added that a cyclonic circulation prevailing over Jharkhand was too weak to draw moisture.

Residents admitted that they were enjoying the chill. “Winter, finally, feels like winter. I had to wear clothes in layers while going for a morning walk,” said Anamika Sharma, a resident of Jamshedpur.


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