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Rain adds to chill factor

Ranchi, Jan. 11: Windcheaters, woollens and hoodies were not enough to fend off the cold today as sudden rain in the capital, coal belt and other parts of Jharkhand upped the chill quotient.

Weathermen predicted more rain and thundershowers in isolated pockets of the state in the next 24 hours and an increase in the intensity of cold wave, courtesy western disturbances.

This morning, Ranchi woke up to a cloudy sky, which turned worse as the day progressed, reducing the visibility to a considerable extend.

In the afternoon, sporadic rainfall and gusty winds blowing across the city kept citizens indoors.

Though cloud cover pushed the minimum temperature up to 10.1C against yesterdays 9.3C, weathermen said the mercury would drop further once the sky got cleared.

Kanke block on the outskirts of Ranchi shivered at 9C and is bracing for colder days ahead.

Dhanbad witnessed drizzles accompanied by strong winds that saw mercury plunging to as low as 7.8C.

Bokaro steel city, on the other hand, recorded a minimum temperature of 6.8C.

Till reports last came in, no rainfall was reported from Jamshedpur where minimum temperature rose slightly to 11.7C from yesterdays low of 10.2 C.

According to A. Wadood, weather scientists of Birsa Agriculture University, the sudden rain and intense winds were result of western disturbances sweeping across major parts of northern India.

A few days ago, we had sounded a cold wave alert. Now, it appears that the temperature may fall to as low 4C in the coming days and the cold spell will continue till January 31, he added.