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Balmy breeze on dry Holi-day

This Holi, weather would be friendly — warm and dry — though the mercury column has started surging north.

Rain is unlikely to play spoilsport. Mild breeze would keep sweat at bay.

A cyclonic circulation triggered rainy conditions in Jharkhand on Wednesday and partly cloudy skies over Patna. But weathermen claimed that it is unlikely to have much impact on the weather conditions in the state.

“The weather in Bihar is expected to be mainly hot and dry till Monday (the day of Holi). Some cloud patches have formed over some parts of Bihar because of a cyclonic circulation over the central India. But these are expected to clear within a day or two. Rain is unlikely in the region over the next couple of days,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.

On the ideal time to join the riot of colours, Sen said: “People should play Holi between 9am and 3pm, as the weather condition would be pleasant. Water is often used for pouring colour on each other and the temperature would vary in the range of 25°C-30°C during this period of time, to which the human body can adjust easily. The temperature in the morning hours would be comparatively low and not suitable for prolonged exposure of body to water.” While the city is gearing up to celebrate Holi, summer seems to have officially set in. Both maximum and minimum temperatures have surged over the past three days. The maximum temperature in the city crossed the 30°C mark for the first time this year on Tuesday. The minimum temperature also surged from 15°C on Monday to 17.8°C on Thursday. Weathermen have claimed that the maximum temperature would continue to rise over the next couple of days but the minimum temperature might drop by one or two notches. “The minimum temperature has increased suddenly over the past three days mainly because of moisture incursion in the atmosphere owing to the cyclonic circulation over the central India. The moisture is expected to evaporate within a day or two. Thereafter, the minimum temperature is expected to drop by a degree or two,” said Sen.

Weathermen claimed the region would experience Nor’westers soon. “Sudden thunderstorms are expected from around March 22,” said Sen.

Despite the gradual rise in temperature, residents are iffy about packing their woollens off. “The weather seems really strange these days. The temperature has increased suddenly. But a nip in the air can be felt in early morning, especially during morning walk. Thus, I have still kept a half-sweater in my wardrobe and rest of the woollens has been packed,” said Diwakar Kumar, a Boring Road resident.

Weathermen claimed that the temperature conditions during the first fortnight of this month remained slightly lower in comparison to the previous years. “Heavy mid-March snowfall in Kashmir and frequent rain in the central India had kept the night and day temperature down in the eastern region as well. Moreover, northerly winds that induce winter weather in the eastern India were active in Bihar till the last week, which otherwise depart by the end of February,” said Sen.

The weather in Bihar and across the eastern India has not been normal since the monsoon. Several prolonged dry spells in August and September triggered drought last year but rains picked up in October and extended up to November, leading to prolonged monsoon. This was followed by prolonged winter.