A child makes the most of a sunny Tuesday at Jubilee Park. (Animesh Sengupta)
The last lap of winter has not only got longer, but chillier too.
The north-westerly wind has dragged down minimum temperatures across Jharkhand over the past 24 hours with the weathermen predicting a further drop of one-two degrees at several places by mid-week.
“Downward trends are likely to continue due to favourable wind pattern and plunging relative humidity. The minimum temperature in most parts of the state will hover around 9°C-10°C in the next few days,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior official at Patna Meteorological Centre.
Statistics available at the Met department show that the mercury is on the slide in places like Jamshedpur, Daltonganj, Koderma, Deoghar, Latehar, Khunti, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.
On Tuesday, the minimum reading nosedived to 8.5°C, three notches below normal, at Daltonganj from Monday’s 12.1°C, a fall of around four degrees.
Similarly, Jamshedpur recorded 10°C against Tuesday’s 11.6°C. The reading was two notches below normal. The adjoining areas of Seraikela, Ghatshila and Chaibasa touched around 10°C, a fall of two notches in 24 hours.
The minimum temperatures also witnessed a fall of two degrees in Koderma, Deoghar, Latehar and a few other districts.
Capital Ranchi recorded 8.7°C, slightly more than Tuesday’s 8.2°C. Yet, the reading was three notches below normal.
Steel hub Bokaro and coal capital Dhanbad were comparatively warmer as the mercury has been hovering between 12°C and 13°C at these two places for the past 24 hours.
Director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre B.K. Mandal attributed the chill to the cold and dry north-westerly blowing from higher latitudes. “The favourable wind pattern and dissipating cloud cover led to the Celsius slide. The combined factors have brought back the chill,” he told The Telegraph.
In its long-range forecast issued on Tuesday evening, the Patna Met office indicated mainly clear sky in most parts of the state over the next few days.
“The weather will be mainly dry with clear sky. We did not find any adverse system in the chart analysis. The next few days will be sunny, which means that there will be a plunge in night temperatures. Gradually, the days will get hotter and nights colder,” said a senior weather analyst at Patna Meteorological Centre.
Satellite pictures also indicated clear skies in most districts with low humidity conducive to cold nights. Possibilities of cloud formation have been ruled out.
Residents are only too happy to snuggle back into their warm clothes and blankets.
“I was forced to put warm clothes in layers last night to beat the chill. I am quite enjoying the cold weather,” said Arvind Sharma, a resident of Contractor’s Area in Bistupur.
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