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Dry winds spur heat wave alert

- Rain and thunderstorm in weekend forecast

Jamshedpur, April 29: Hot Monday. Hotter Tuesday. Hottest Wednesday? Yes perhaps, but keep fingers crossed for a rain-cooled weekend.

The menacing mercury has begun rising by the day and prompted weathermen to sound a heat wave warning in isolated pockets of Jharkhand. Such an alert is issued when the maximum temperature reaches three-four notches above normal and stays put for a few consecutive days.

Coal capital Dhanbad topped Tuesday’s Celsius chart with formidable 44 degrees, which is not just this season’s highest so far but a record in the past five years. The reading is also four notches above normal. The town had recorded 43.8C on Monday.

Chaibasa in West Singhbhum ranked second with 43C. Steel cities Jamshedpur and Bokaro boiled at 42.8C, three notches above normal and almost a degree’s rise in 24 hours. Daltonganj fretted at 42.4C, but capital Ranchi remained the oasis with the day reading at 38.6C for the second consecutive day.

“Temperatures will continue to remain high for another two-three days owing to the dominating westerly winds. Chart analysis shows that clouds may form over Jharkhand around May 2 (Friday) and there is also possibility of rain and thunderstorm around May 3 (Saturday),” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

Low relative humidity has compounded the blow of a blistering sun. The RH reached as low as 9 per cent in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas on Tuesday and hovered between 15 per cent and 25 per cent at other places.

“The dry and hot winds are responsible for the discomfort. There is no moisture incursion. Such a condition is not favourable for rain clouds,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi weather office.


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