The heat of a nail-biting match was doubled by a menacing mercury on Tuesday.
Goaded by dry westerly winds, maximum temperatures soared across the state — Bokaro topping the chart with 44.5°C — and prompted weathermen to sound heat wave warning in pockets on Wednesday.
“Jharkhand is in the grip of dry westerly winds. The degree distress will continue as we see no possibility of Nor’wester relief in the next three-four days,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre. He added that the heat alert had been issued in Coal Belt and Kolhan regions, the latter reeling from an average day reading of 43°C.
Dhanbad too blistered at 43°C, three notches above normal, while Jamshedpur saw a high of 42.2°C, a degree above normal. The discomfort index in the steel city was 53 degrees, two notches below normal. IPL-crazy Ranchi felt more heat at 39°C and a discomfort index of 57 degrees, two notches above normal.
“Temperatures will continue to remain high for another two-three days owing to dominating westerly winds. Chart analysis shows that clouds may form over Jharkhand, but they won’t transform into rain,” said a duty officer at Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
Loo-like winds sweeping through Jamshedpur and Chotanagpur region forced many to stay indoors. “The heat was singeing because of low humidity,” rued Sudhakar Singh, an employee of Tata Motors.
Met officials agreed that low relative humidity had compounded the blow of the blistering sun. The RH was 17 per cent in Jamshedpur and hovered between 20 per cent and 30 per cent in other places.