A man improvises a makeshift umbrella as rain catches him unawares near Hatia station on Wednesday. (Hardeep Singh)
If the midweek is damp and cloudy in parts of Jharkhand, expect the weekend to be bright and sunny.
Weathermen on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of rain or thundershowers in the state during Holi although the day saw intermittent showers — amounting to around 3mm precipitation — in capital Ranchi and its adjoining areas.
The Patna Meteorological Centre has forecast thunderstorm activity near Ranchi in the next 48 hours. “A thunderstorm is likely, but it won’t be a strong one,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Met office.
According to Sen, the western disturbance that has resulted in snowfall in northern India will not impact Jharkhand. “Hence, the weather will be sunny,” he said.
B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre, said thundershowers was a normal phenomenon at this time of the year in the capital district and its occurrence would gradually decrease by the end of the month.
With spring staring at a sweaty summer, the mercury — spurred by dominating westerly winds — is taking determined steps towards the Celsius summit.
Steel city Jamshedpur recorded a maximum temperature of 33.4°C on Wednesday, a notch above the average normal. On Tuesday, the local weather office had read 31.8°C. The minimum temperature too shot up from 17.2°C to 18.6°C.
Despite its altitude advantage, rainy Ranchi felt humid and hot at 30°C against Tuesday’s 29.2°C. Though the day reading was normal, the night temperature at 16.1°C was a notch above the normal. Even a day ago, Ranchi’s minimum temperature was 14.7°C.
Similarly, the gradual arrival of summer was also felt in other parts of the state including heat chamber Daltonganj, coal town Dhanbad, steel city Bokaro and temple turf Deoghar, where day temperatures witnessed a rise of two to three degrees above the average normal.
Last year, maximum readings had witnessed gradual rise from the first week of March. Jamshedpur had recorded 36°C on March 15, while Ranchi too had sweated at around 33°C.