Fanned by dry westerly winds, the 40-plus Celsius spewed fire in most districts led by Bokaro on Sunday while capital Ranchi remained the only oasis in a baked Jharkhand.
The ugly news is that there will be no respite from this oppressive weather for 72 hours.
“The state is in the grip of hot and dry winds. Though partly cloudy skies are expected in isolated places from Monday evening, we don’t see a turnaround in temperatures for three days. Also, no Nor’wester is in sight for 48 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too ruled out the possibility of rain. “Satellite pictures and weather chart analysis give no sign of possible precipitation in Jharkhand in the next 48 hours. Maximum temperatures will continue to rise,” said a duty officer.
He added that there was no atmospheric circulation or favourable system that could help in changing the wind pattern. “The humidity level in almost all districts of Jharkhand is very low, suggesting that moisture incursion is not taking place. Moisture level in the atmosphere will increase only when the wind pattern changes to easterly.”
Statistics showed that Ranchi recorded a humidity level of 32 per cent on Sunday afternoon, while Jamshedpur was drier at 15 per cent. Residents complained of the blistering effect of the westerly winds.
In Jamshedpur, the day temperature rose to 40.4°C from 39.4°C on Saturday. The reading was three notches above normal. Bokaro boiled at 42.3°C, the season’s highest that forced people indoors. Dhanbad was close on the heels with 41.5°C. Daltonganj, which usually tops the summer chart, saw 40.8°C.
Dumka, Hazaribagh, Koderma and Deoghar too fretted at around 41°C. But Ranchi, its altitude an advantage, did not reach the fuming 40-degree mark. It stayed cooler at 36.5°C.
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