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Shower time till next week

The weather is playing whimsical in Jharkhand.

After winter overstayed its welcome, spring has decided to test its dampening skills in the next 24 hours. Weathermen say the skies are unlikely to clear before March 13.

The Patna Meteorological Centre said Saturday’s cyclonic circulation over Chhattisgarh, which was the impact of a western disturbance in the north, had moved to Odisha and Gangetic Bengal on Sunday. This would cause precipitation on Monday.

“The cyclonic circulation is extending a kilometre above sea level. Weather chart analysis and satellite pictures suggest that overcast condition will prevail in several parts of the state in the next 24 hours. Some places will also experience rain and thundershowers,” said a duty officer in Patna.

The weather office in Ranchi corroborated rain forecast. “The cyclonic circulation is resulting in heavy inflow of moisture into the atmosphere since last (Saturday) evening. Inclement weather will prevail over Jharkhand for the next couple of days,” said weather official L.K. Giri.

The skies remained cloudy in several parts of the state, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, on Sunday. Light showers were reported from Seraikela-Kharsawan in the afternoon.

Statistics reveal that in March so far, the capital has recorded around 50mm of rainfall, while Jamshedpur’s share is some 35mm. Daltonganj and its adjoining areas have received 30mm and places like Bokaro and Hazaribagh have experienced around 20mm.

“Western disturbances are still active and triggering frequent cyclonic circulation over central and eastern parts of the country. Cloudy conditions will prevail in Jharkhand for another two-three days. We expect clear weather only around March 13,” said P.D. Sen, a weather official in Jamshedpur.

The unfavourable climate has pushed up night temperatures by three-four degrees above normal in many districts across the state.