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Erratic winter in mood to tease

Patna, Feb. 22: It has been an unpredictable winter for residents. If it was rainy throughout the last weekend, this week was a tad warmer and overcast cold conditions made a comeback this morning.

“This winter has been totally unpredictable this time. Till mid-December, it seemed it wouldn’t be cold. Later, it was a bit chilly around New Year’s time. It also rained after mid-January, which are continuing till date. It should ideally have been spring by now but it still feels like winter,” said Amitabh Kumar, a Kankerbagh resident.

The rain gauge at the Patna Met office recorded 3mm rainfall today. A forecast of rain or thunderstorm for tomorrow was issued as well. This rain is expected to last till Sunday night.

Weathermen at the Patna Met office claimed that bright skies would return by Monday but it would last for only two days. Patna and most parts of the state would be covered with rain bearing clouds for a couple of days starting from Wednesday.

Meteorologists are of the view that continuous heavy snowfall in the Asian subcontinent is leading to the erratic weather turbulence in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “The snowfall is leading to frequent formation of western disturbances, which have lead to overcast and rainy conditions over the region. The western disturbance, when passing through lower latitudes leads to rainfall in Bihar and neighbouring regions. It gets moisture incursion required for rainfall either from the Arabian Sea or the Bay of Bengal,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Sen claimed that the cloudy weather conditions over Patna and most parts of the state except a few districts like Bhagalpur, created day cold-like conditions. Day cold condition seems to be prevailing at a place when the maximum temperature is measured around 8-10°C lower than the corresponding normal.

“Day cold conditions are expected to prevail in the city on Sunday as well. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 20°C and the minimum is likely to be around 13-14°C. The clouds are expected to clear by Sunday night, followed by clear skies on Monday and Tuesday,” said Sen.

The state is expected to witness a rerun of cloudy and day cold conditions from Wednesday owing to a fresh western disturbance.


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