Tufts of cloud in Jamshedpur on Tuesday hold out hope. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Blistering Jharkhand, here’s some balmy news.
The Patna Meteorological Centre on Tuesday issued a thundersquall alert for the state in the next 48 hours, promising reprieve from the 40-plus oppressive weather.
“Winds at 50-60kmph are expected in isolated pockets. The pattern will be favourable and will result in moisture incursion into the atmosphere. The thundersquall will bring rain relief,” A.K. Sen, the director of the Met office, offered hope.
The senior weatherman explained that the wind pattern was fluctuating between westerly and easterly, and this was filling the air with moisture. “A cyclonic circulation over Chhattisgarh and Odisha has also resulted in formation of clouds over Jharkhand,” he added.
Analysts at Ranchi Meteorological Centre hinted at possible Nor’wester activity in the next couple of days. “We are expecting a Kalbaisakhi in isolated pockets of the state in the next 48 hours. If the wind brings in adequate moisture, a Nor’wester may be coming,” said a duty officer.
In its 24-hour forecast, the Ranchi weather office has predicted partly cloudy skies with possibility of rain and thunder in some pockets .
The Celsius, however, stayed at its cruel best on Tuesday, with the maximum hovering over 41 degrees at many places including heat-cursed Jamshedpur and Daltonganj.
The weather office in the steel hub recorded a day high of 41.4°C, three notches above the average normal. On Monday, Jamshedpur was equally punishing for its residents at 41.2°C.
Seraikela, Chaibasa, Deoghar and Hazaribagh shared the steel city’s plight. So did Daltonganj at 41.2°C, three notches above the average normal.
Bokaro and Dhanbad weren’t any cooler at 40°C and 40.8°C, respectively. Thanks to its high altitude, Ranchi was marginally cooler at 37.3°C. The capital had recorded a maximum of 38°C on Monday.
Met officials attributed the Celsius surge to one key factor. “So far, none of the districts of Jharkhand has experienced a Nor’wester unlike last year,” said a weatherman in Jamshedpur. By this time in 2013, three storms — two of them intense — had swept through Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas, offering an instant cooling effect.