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Yuletide cheer finally catches seasonal chill
- Enjoy Xmas weather, as icy north winds sweep the state & push mercury down

Weather proved to be a sticker for Christmas tradition. Bing Crosby did not sing “White Christmas” for Jharkhand, but temperatures fell by as much as five degrees in Ranchi in one day and the state will get colder.

Winter, which received a spring break, is back on shiver mode, as icy winds from the north are gaining pace. Weathermen have predicted a fall of at least two degrees across the state in the next 48 hours.

“The fall in temperature is attributed to change in wind pattern from south-westerly to north-westerly direction,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Met Centre. “The north-westerly winds, which have gained momentum, have already pushed the mercury down in these last 24 hours,” he added.

The senior Met official said most places in Jharkhand would shiver under sub-10°C chill, but the chill would be maximum in Chotanagpur plateau region and other hilly terrains.

Kanke, off Ranchi, is now 7°C and will plunge to a numbing five degrees.

Regional agriculture and Weather Research Centre at Darisai in East Singhbhum has corroborated the plunge in minimum readings.

“Night temperatures are dipping and this trend will continue for the next two days. Day temperatures will also see a fall,” said an official.

The western disturbance and moisture incursion — that raised winter temperatures and formed fog and mist — have become weaker, said the official.

A duty officer at Regional Meteorological Centre, Alipore, Calcutta, also agreed that temperatures will dip in the next two days.

“It will be dry and cold as northwesterly winds drag down the mercury. Maximum and minimum temperatures in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and elsewhere will nosedive. The relatively dry weather will prevail in the state for two or three days,” he said.

Ranchi recorded its season’s second lowest minimum temperature on Christmas at 8°C, two notches below normal. Met data suggested minimum reading in the capital dropped by a whopping five degrees in 24 hours. On Tuesday, Ranchi’s minimum reading was 13.1°C.

The minimum reading dived to 9.1°C from 14.7°C in Daltonganj, three notches below average.

Jamshedpur saw a two-degree drop. The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded 12.6 °C on Wednesday, compared to Tuesday’s 14.4°C. Dhanbad and Bokaro on Wednesday recorded minimum readings of 11.2°C and 10.8°C, a fall of around two degrees, again.

Minimum readings also fell at Koderma, Hazaribagh, Deoghar, Dumka, Simdega, Ramgarh, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.

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