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Bright & sunny start to New Year

The first day of 2014 will also score a first when it comes to the weather, the Met office has said.

In probably the season’s best gift to picnickers, the Patna Meteorological Centre has predicted “bright, sunny and dry weather” on December 31 and January 1.

Director of Patna Met office A.K. Sen said Jharkhand weather would be pleasant in the next 48 hours. “The sun will shine brightly. Crisp and dry north-westerly winds will continue to blow in the period,” Sen said, adding places perched on higher altitudes would see morning fog.

A senior weather analyst added a fall in minimum readings by two degrees was likely in the next 48 hours.

On Monday, the minimum readings at many places, including Ranchi, saw a rise due to heavy fog and clouds that reduced terrestrial radiation.

Ranchi recorded a minimum of 12.2°C, higher than Sunday’s 9.5°C. Jamshedpur’s lowest temperature was 13°C, warmer than Sunday’s 10.7°C.

Daltonganj, a place of extreme temperatures, played dissenter as it dropped a degree. On Monday, it recorded 10.7°C, colder than Sunday’s 11.6°C. Minimum temperatures also fell in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Khunti and other districts.

However, it is a warmer December compared to that of the previous year, which had single-digit readings.

Sen said January 2 would be a different story. “Formation of clouds and moisture in the atmosphere are likely from January 2 due to a western disturbance that will pass Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Western disturbance will affect eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and parts of Jharkhand,” he said.

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