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No storm in sight, Celsius to surge

The summer of 2014 will be intense if not extreme, weathermen have warned.

In a fitting prelude to the sizzle season, the whole of Jharkhand is already witnessing a steady Celsius climb. The degree devil, which has scaled a couple of notches in the past 24 hours, is expected to sprint two degrees or more in some places in the next 48 hours to make you feel more hot and bothered.

Jamshedpur topped the city meter on Tuesday, with the maximum temperature closing in on a sweltering 37°C to stay two notches above normal. Against 36.9°C, the steel hub was a tad pleasant at 35°C on Holiday Monday.

In capital Ranchi, the day reading shot up by more than degrees in 24 hours. Against 31.8°C on Monday, the heat meter read 34°C on Tuesday, which is again two notches above the average normal.

Maximum temperatures hovered around 37°C in places like Seraikela, Chaibasa, Deoghar and Hazaribagh. Bokaro and Dhanbad, on the other hand, did not have to fret a lot at 33°C. Jharkhand’s heat chamber Daltonganj toed Jamshedpur to record a maximum of 36.8°C. The Palamau headquarters was 34.6°C a day ago.

Met officials attributed the Celsius soar to the dominating dry westerly winds. “The weather in Jharkhand will remain mainly dry in the next 72 hours,” said a duty officer at the Patna Meteorological Centre.

He added that summer was on the threshold, but the seasonal cooler — aka Nor’wester — was still elusive. Last year, Jharkhand had experienced its first storm by mid-March.

“The state is in the grip of dry westerly winds that are and will push up maximum temperatures,” confirmed director of Patna weather office A.K. Sen. He too maintained that the Nor’wester normally brewed around mid-March and stormy sequels continued till June.

In its forecast, the Met centre has predicted a rise in maximum temperatures by at least two degrees over the next two days. The weather chart analysis on Tuesday indicated that westerly winds were preventing cloud formation and moisture incursion into the atmosphere from the Bay of Bengal.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta has also predicted dry weather and clear sky in Jharkhand in the next 48 hours.

Residents are already feeling the heat. “For the first time this year, we were all sweaty in the afternoon and were forced to switch on the AC. The summer will be a torment,” said Bistupur homemaker Ankita Dwivedi.


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