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Monday takes a cold shower

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Chill, foggy and wet. Jharkhand woke up to a freaky monster of a Monday, with the weather god showering unseasonal rain at many places, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

From schoolchildren to office-goers to fliers and high-fliers, everyone was affected by the showers that occurred due to a cyclonic circulation hovering over neighbouring Odisha-Bengal border, coupled with the impact of a western disturbance in northern India.

The weather conditions resulted in an interesting temperature flip-flop. Maximum or day readings across the state came down by 3-4 notches, while minimum or night readings rose due to formation of clouds and heavy moisture inflow into the atmosphere.

A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre, has predicted light rains in pockets in the next 24 hours, but said it would not persist.

Dense fog and poor visibility will plague the state in the next 48 hours, he added.

Going by Monday’s foggy misery, it would be wise to cancel flight plans.

Fog-blanketed Ranchi sympathised with Delhi.

Two Delhi-Ranchi IndiGo’s flights, morning (6E494) and evening (6E493), were cancelled due to fog in the national capital. IndiGo’s morning flight was supposed to arrive at Birsa Munda Airport at 9.50am and the evening one at 6.10pm. Both were cancelled.

Afternoon flights from Delhi were delayed by an hour. An Air India flight, slated to arrive at 2.40pm, came at 3.40pm. A Jet Airways was to arrive 1.40pm, but it finally landed at 2.40pm. A GoAir flight from Delhi, however, proved to be an exception, reaching Ranchi on time around 9.15am at Birsa airport.

An industry roundtable with Anil Swarup, senior IAS and chairman of project monitoring group under Prime Minister’s office, was postponed for Tuesday as his morning flight from Delhi got cancelled. Swarup reached Ranchi in the afternoon from where he went to Project Building.

“Our visibility improved after the morning fog. But Delhi’s heavy fog threw some air traffic schedules out of gear,” said Raju Raghavendra Kumar, director of Birsa Munda Airport.

No train was scheduled from Delhi to Ranchi on Monday, but Jammu-Tawi Express, which comes via Delhi and normally reaches Ranchi at 9.30am, chugged in 6.15pm.

Met official Sen said the threat of fog notwithstanding, the temperatures would dip.

“A short phase of sub-10 chill will return in the next 72 hours,” he said.

On Monday, the local weather office in Ranchi recorded rainfall of 3.2mm, while Jamshedpur saw 0.2mm. Districts like Koderma, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Simdega, Khunti and Dhanbad too experienced showers. Seraikela reported 1.2mm and Chaibasa in West Singhbhum recorded 1mm.

Wind speed was 5-6kmph and its pattern unsteady, fluctuating between westerly and easterly.

Residents scurried for cover as the day temperature witnessed a plunge in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and several other places.

The local weather office in the steel city recorded 23.9°C, five notches below the average normal. On Sunday, Jamshedpur had recorded 26.7°C.

Ranchi recorded maximum temperature of 22.4°C compared to Sunday’s 23.8°C. The maximum temperatures in Daltonganj, Dhanbad, Bokaro and other places hovered between 20 and 22 degrees.

The night reading witnessed a surge. Jamshedpur recorded a minimum of 14°C, five notches above normal. On Sunday, Jamshedpur had seen a minimum of 9.8°C. Night readings also shot up in Ranchi, with 13.8°C, four notches above normal, and much warmer compared to Sunday’s 8.8°C. Daltonganj recorded night reading of 11.2°C, warmer than Sunday’s 9.3°C.