Residents quench their thirst with coconut water in Sakchi on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Dominating westerly winds have sent the heat meter spinning and the Celsius may soar further over the next two days, weathermen have warned.
“There will be no major respite from the scorching sun in the next 72 hours. The weather will remain mainly dry over Jharkhand for at least another three days. The prevailing wind pattern is obstructing moisture incursion into the atmosphere,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
Deoghar and Simdega suffered their hottest days of the season, with maximum temperatures reaching 41.5°C, three degrees above normal. On Thursday, both districts had recorded around 40°C.
Jamshedpur, which had soared to around 41°C during polling time, however, cooled down a bit to 39.8°C, but the reading still remained above normal. Areas close to the steel city such as Chaibasa, Ghatshila and Seraikela fretted at 41°C. Heat-cursed Daltonganj too panted at 40°C, two notches above the average normal.
Altitude-happy Ranchi followed tradition to stay comparatively cooler. The local weather office recorded a maximum of around 37°C against 35.7°C on Thursday.
Met observatories in Dhanbad and Bokaro recorded a daytime high of around 40°C. Koderma, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Chatra and Latehar closed in on the oppressive mark too. However, frequent change in wind pattern prevented the maximum reading from crossing 40°C in these five districts.
Statistics revealed that during this time last year, the day temperatures had crossed 42°C in many places, including Jamshedpur and Daltonganj and a few districts in Santhal Pargana region.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too ruled out rainfall owing to an adverse atmospheric circulation. “Satellite pictures and weather chart analysis show no signs of precipitation over Jharkhand in the 48 hours. The maximum temperatures will rise,” said a duty officer in Calcutta.
He, however, added that a Nor’wester, which was often unpredictable, could bring much-needed respite from the blistering conditions.
Weathermen in Ranchi maintained that partly cloudy skies were expected at a few places, especially those located in hilly terrain. “Thunderstorm, lightning and light showers is not being ruled out in isolated pockets after 24 hours because of convective clouds,” said an official.