The summer is here. The whole of Bihar is witnessing a steady Celsius climb.
The mercury column touched the 34.4°C mark on Tuesday — the highest maximum temperature in the city over the past six months. Bhagalpur matched the capital on the temperature front on Tuesday. Gaya at 34.8°C was the hottest in the state on Tuesday.
But there is nothing to fret right away. Weathermen have claimed that the maximum temperature is unlikely to go beyond 36°C over the next one week.
They appear to be spot on. The city was a tad cooler on Wednesday at 34.4 degrees. So were Bhagalpur at 34°C and Gaya at 34.4°C. Purnea was as hot as Gaya.
While the temperature dipped a bit on Wednesday, meteorologists brought in more comfort ruling out the possibility of early onset of heat wave conditions.
“Heat waves coming to eastern India mostly originate from Rajasthan. But the sandy region there has not started heating up as of now. The rise in temperature conditions in Bihar is a normal weather phenomenon at this time of the year,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department, Patna.
Still, the Sun and sweat of March with gusty westerly winds forced residents to use brollies and handkerchiefs by afternoon on Wednesday. They had a tough time braving the dust-filled wind with few trees dotting the streets.
“The dusty winds seem to be blowing like sandstorm these days. The situation is worst near the construction sites like the Jagdeopath-Sheikhpura Mor flyover or the upcoming international museum near high court. The civic body or other agencies concerned should sprinkle water frequently on the streets, especially near the construction sites,” said Saurav Kumar, a resident of SK Nagar.
The Met department had no comforting news for Saurav. Weathermen have predicted that the dominating dry westerly winds are expected to blow over the next seven to 10 days and the temperature would remain in mid-30s.
Weathermen attributed the Celsius soar to clear skies after frequent western disturbances in the region throughout the winter. “The residual cloud cover in the medium and higher level of the atmosphere because of frequent western disturbances was obstructing the solar rays from heating up the earth’s surface. Now, the cloud cover has completely cleared from the region, leading to gradual rise in the maximum temperature over the past one week,” said Sen.
The frequency of western disturbances is usually the highest in January as compared to months of December and February. But this time, its occurrence was the maximum in February. Western disturbances hit the state till the first week of March, dishing out extended balmy weather this year.
The late western disturbances played a little spoilsport, though. It kept Nor’wester away from the city during the onset of summer.
Weathermen claimed that Nor’westers — the summer coolers or pre-monsoon rain-bearers — are likely to be delayed this time. Traditionally, the city receives three such sudden thunderstorm activities in March after the halfway mark. But not a single Nor’wester has hit the region till date.
“The Bihar-bound Nor’westers mostly originate in the Bihar plateau, most of which is in Jharkhand now. The dry and hot westerly winds mix with moist easterly winds coming from the Bay of Bengal over this plateau and lead to the formation of dark rain-bearing clouds. These clouds move westward, causing rainfall at places they pass through. The westerly winds have not started blowing yet,” said Sen.