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Winter loses chill thrill

All of you who were busy swapping “it’s so cold here too” stories with friends and family in north India can take a break.

Jharkhand has stopped shivering as changes in wind pattern, fog and clouds have pushed up minimum temperatures by two or three notches in the past 24 hours.

Weathermen said south-westerly winds were dominating the state, raising the Celsius. Intense chill will be missing for the next 48 hours, while mist and fog will rule.

“Minimum readings across the state have seen a rise, a trend that will continue for another two days due to change in wind pattern that blocked the cold north-westerly flow,” A.K. Sen, director of the Patna Meteorological Centre, said.

South-westerly flow, with moisture incursion, also raised relative humidity, he added.

Weathermen at Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, said the wind pattern packed the atmosphere with moisture. “That’s helping cloud formation in higher altitudes, but rain is unlikely,” the duty officer said.

The weather office in Ranchi on Sunday recorded night temperature of 12.5°C, three notches above normal, against Saturday’s 10.9°C. Last week, nights were numb at 7°C and below in the capital and nearby areas.

Jamshedpur on Sunday recorded a minimum of 13.9°C, four notches above normal and a degree more than Saturday.

It felt more spring than winter in a city that had shivered at 9.2°C on December 14, the coldest day this season. Last week too, the mercury had slid to 9.8°C twice.

Daltonganj, which embraced sub-10°C chill already, on Sunday reported 13.9°C, higher than 11.4°C on Saturday.

The mercury also rose at Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum, Deoghar, Simdega, Koderma and Latehar.

But fog blanketed Kolhan — the twin Singhbhums and Seraikela-Kharsawan — and other regions in the mornings.

On Sunday at 6am, weathermen at Sonari aerodrome, Jamshedpur, recorded visibility of 1,000m. The fog cleared only after 8.30am. Neighbouring Adityapur, Chaibasa and Ghatshila saw a reduced visibility of 800m around 6am.

Patna Met director Sen ruled out impact of western disturbances hovering in the north near Pakistan. “Jharkhand is too far away,” he said.