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Weekend hope for Nor’wester
- Clouds tame degree devil, squall alert remains

There is good news and very good news from weathermen.

An anti-cyclonic circulation — hovering over the Bay of Bengal — dragged down maximum temperatures below the oppressive 40-degree mark in most parts of the heat-cursed state on Wednesday.

The system, which favours moisture inflow, is also paving the way for the season’s debut Nor’wester this weekend.

While cloud cover cooled down the capital, Jamshedpur and other places by two degrees or more during the day, the Ranchi Meteorological Centre has predicted rain and thunderstorm by Thursday.

“A thundersquall is likely to strike isolated places in the next 24-hours,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of the Ranchi weather office.

His counterpart at Patna Meteorological Centre, A.K. Sen, said formation of clouds might have ruined chances of a Nor’wester for a day or two, but things would look up by April 12-13. He said the Chotanagpur Plateau might heat up adequately once the clouds dissipated.

“We are expecting a Nor’wester this weekend,” he said. adding that the summer saviour storm had played truant this year owing to insufficient moisture incursion into the atmosphere.

Sen held the prolonged winter responsible for this maverick phenomenon. The senior weatherman was optimistic that the Nor’wester would “behave normally” after the current week of this month.

The heat meter eased its run on Wednesday.

Jamshedpur, which had sweated at 41.4°C on Tuesday, felt relieved at 38°C. The reading was a notch below normal. Ranchi cooled down to 34.4°C from 37.3°C, while Daltonganj recorded 40.8°C from 41.2°C.