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Back to the fiery forties

- Cyclonic circulation shifts, dry winds sweep to power

Sigh! The cloudy clime, which had kept the Celsius on leash on Saturday, is gone. Alert! The mean mercury is preparing for another discomforting leap.

Weathermen on Sunday predicted dry and blistering heat across the state for the next three days with all rain-favouring systems doing the vanishing act from Jharkhand’s radar.

“We see no possibility of rain owing to dominating westerly winds. The day temperatures will continue to soar for the next 72 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre. He added that daytime discomfort would increase many times in places like Daltonganj, Deoghar and Jamshedpur because of “extremely low” moisture in air.

A duty officer at the Patna centre reconfirmed that maximum temperatures would rise for the next three days. “Westerly winds are preventing cloud formation and moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal. Only a Nor’wester can play saviour, but there is not one in near sight,” he said.

Weathermen further maintained that the cyclonic circulation, which had made maximum temperature in most parts of the state nosedive on Saturday, had now shifted. “The cyclonic circulation over coastal Odisha and Bengal has shifted to Chhattisgarh. It is gradually becoming weak,” said an official at Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Statistics show steel city Jamshedpur witnessed a six-degree rise in 24 hours. The local weather office on Sunday recorded a day reading of 40.4°C against 34°C, seven notches below normal, on Saturday. Capital Ranchi too jumped five degrees. The local IMD observatory in recorded 37.94°C against Saturday’s 32°C, which was four below normal.

The westerly winds and dissipating cyclonic circulation is pushing up the discomfort level in heat-cursed Daltonganj. The maximum at the Palamau headquarters has risen to 42°C from 38.2°C, the latter being four notches below normal. Dhanbad and Bokaro are also fretting over 40°C.

“As of now, there is no chance of rainfall activity in Jharkhand. The day temperatures in most places will stay above 40°C for the next two-three days,” an official at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, scotched every hope of a breather.

The regional centre has also forecast dry winds and clear skies in the next 24 hours.

“The weekend started on a pleasant note and we were so glad. But, it is back to being blistering. I cancelled my afternoon shopping plan today. No place better than home in this horrible heat,” said Anamika Sharma, a student of Graduate School College for Women in Jamshedpur.

Ipshita Dey, employee of an insurance company, summed up citizen sentiments best. “Thank God it’s Sunday! I would have hated to go to work.”