WARM PALS: Crocodiles snub water to give their scaly selves a sun bath at Tata zoo on Sunday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Jharkhand, feel the chilly sting in the Valentine month of February.
Heavy woollens and steaming mugs of coffee will continue to be your best friends till mid-week, as north-westerly winds are dragging temperatures around or below 10°C, around three notches less than what the normal minimum readings are in this time of the year.
Weathermen on Sunday in Patna and Calcutta agreed that crisp and dry north-westerly winds ruling Jharkhand would hold sway till at least Wednesday.
It seemed more like December-end than start of February at two of the state’s coldest spots — Kanke in Ranchi and Daltonganj in Palamau.
Kanke shivered at 6.5°C and Daltonganj at 6.9°C.
Ranchi on Sunday shivered at 8.6°C, three notches below normal. The capital had recorded a slightly warmer 9.5°C on Saturday.
Dhanbad recorded a minimum of 11.2°C on Sunday against Saturday’s 11.5°C. Bokaro slid to 11.5°C from Saturday’s 12.1°C.
It seemed only Jamshedpur bucked the trend of the sliding Celsius. On Sunday, the minimum temperature in Jamshedpur was 11.8°C, two notches below normal, but warmer than Saturday’s minimum temperature of 10.7°C.
“This chill is likely to prevail for another 72 hours due to north-westerly winds. The weather will be mainly dry with clear sky prevailing in most places during the next 24 hours,” said a duty officer at the Patna Meteorological Centre.
The Met officer ruled out adverse weather — clouds or rain — as there was no trace of western disturbance in satellite pictures.
In its Sunday evening weather bulletin, Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta also said the chill would prevail in Jharkhand for another three or four days due to favourable conditions.
“Weather will be mainly dry in the next 48 hours. The chill has intensified because of strong and dry currents from the north,” said a duty officer at Alipore Met office.
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