The cloud cover dragged down maximum temperatures in Jamshedpur by six degrees on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Say goodbye heat, greetings rain.
The weather office has forecast widespread showers in Jharkhand in the next 48 hours to end a week’s heat wave and dry spell that lasted even longer.
Meteorologists said that the wind pattern had changed to easterly from westerly on Sunday, resulting in formation of clouds in most parts of the state and heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere. Twin weather systems hovering over the Bay of Bengal and Chhattisgarh have also contributed to the cool change, bringing relief from the Celsius surge after nearly 21 days.
“Jharkhand is under the influence of two cyclonic circulations — one over the western bay and another over the neighbouring state. Clouds are forming; there is enough moisture inflow; and maximum temperatures will take a plunge in 48 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
He added that a low-pressure trough was stretching over the western Bay of Bengal, southern Odisha and northern Andhra coast to facilitate moisture inflow, the key factor that triggers rainfall activity.
Both Patna and Ranchi weather offices have forecast thundersquall and heavy rain alert in isolated pockets of Jharkhand in the next 24 hours. The wind speed may reach up to 60kmph.
Weathermen at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, said a cyclonic circulation over sub-Himalayan Bengal and Sikkim was also helping to build up a shower surprise, apart from the two other systems. “The weather chart analysis indicates rain in Jharkhand in 48 hours,” confirmed a duty officer.
Data revealed rainfall in two places Dumri (4.2mm) and Rajdhanwar (22.2mm) in Giridih district on Saturday night, while Sunday saw a happy fall in daytime readings.
Ranchi, which had almost kissed 40°C on Friday, played cool at 32°C. The temperature plummeted by around six degrees in 24 hours. Fiery and 40-plus Jamshedpur settled for 33.8°C, seven degrees below normal.
Maximum readings also nosedived in several districts like Koderma, Ramgarh, Khunti, Hazaribagh and Simdega. All these places recorded below 40°C.
Heat-cursed Daltonganj fretted at 41.2°C. But Met officials have predicted a fall of five degrees in the Palamau headquarters in the next 24 hours.
Daytime temperatures are also destined to drop in Dhanbad and Bokaro too, which recorded 40.6°C and 42.8°C on Sunday.
The weather was pleasant in most parts of the state, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, during the weekend.
“What a respite after the long dry spell! Let it rain, rain and rain,” Avinash Kumar, a commuter in Jamshedpur’s Bistupur, almost made poetry in an overcast Sunday afternoon. Sakchi homemaker Priya Sinha added that the weather was perfect for a long drive.
Lack of rainfall had so far resulted in unusual rise in temperatures in most parts of the state, including Jamshedpur, Daltonganj, Dhanbad and Bokaro.