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Brace for delayed monsoon

- Last spell of heat wave to linger for another 48 hours

Jamshedpur, May 21: Jharkhand’s date with the south-west monsoon is likely to be delayed by five days or so this year, predicted weathermen today while the heat wave alert was extended for another 48 hours as temperatures soared across the state.

Officials at the Patna Meteorological Centre said that though it was too early to comment on the arrival of rains, satellite and radar pictures suggest that monsoon, which has already entered Andaman sea and southeast Bay of Bengal, will come late in Jharkhand. It is likely to hit the Kerala coast around June 5.

Weathermen explained that it takes around 10 days for monsoon currents to reach Jharkhand after they set in over the Kerala coast.

Last year, the south-west monsoon arrived on June 16, late by six days.

“Monsoon is likely to get delayed by five days or so. But the good news is that the Bay of Bengal component shows normal behaviour as compared to the Arabian sea component. Conditions are favourable for its advancement in the next 48 hours,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

The Met department will come up with state-wise forecast next week when the picture will be clearer.

The satellite pictures also suggested that Jharkhand was in the grip of north-westerly winds, which catapult day temperatures and prevent moisture incursion into the atmosphere. The absence of a Nor’wester since May 3 further contributed to mercury climb across the state with several places recording the season’s highest maximum temperatures today. According to the Patna Meteorological Centre, the heat wave will linger for another 48 hours.

Dhanbad today witnessed the season’s highest maximum temperature of 44.1°C while Bokaro fared no better at 44°C. At both places, the maximum readings were four notches above normal.

Jamshedpur also witnessed the season’s highest of 43.4°C, three notches above normal. Adjoining Seraikela and Chaibasa sweated at over 43°C. Capital Ranchi witnessed the season’s second highest reading of 39.7°C. On May 1, Ranchi had experienced 39.8°C.

Statistics showed that the Celsius crossed 42°C at several other places, including Daltonganj, Dumka, Latehar, Simdega and Chatra.

The only silver lining is that this is the last spell of heat wave. Cloud formations are likely to pick up pace from Saturday while slight showers will bring a breather on Monday or Tuesday.

“This is the last spell of heat wave before the monsoon. People can look forward to permanent respite from the heat wave from this weekend,” Sen said.


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