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Rain brings smiles back

- Met predicts end of heatwave as monsoon nears

A change in guard in Delhi coincided with a change in weather in Patna.

Reeling from severe heatwave conditions for the past one fortnight with day temperature hovering over 40 degrees Celsius accompanied by dry westerlies, residents woke up to a pleasant morning on Monday with morning sun hidden behind the clouds.

Things changed for the better as the day advanced and the city witnessed a light drizzle in the afternoon.

“I really enjoyed the ride from home to office on Monday. It used to be a pain coming to the office on motorbike last week with the scorching sun testing your wits,” said Neeraj Sinha, a central government employee.

Kumhrar resident Neeraj travels around 7km from his home to reach office at Hardinge Road.

Sunday night itself had indicated a pleasant beginning of the week when easterlies brought the cloud cover over the city and it started raining in Patna after 10pm. Patna recorded 11.8mm rainfall till Monday evening.

Explaining the reason behind sudden change in weather, Met director Ashish Sen said: “A depression had developed over Bay of Bengal last week which led to moisture incursion. Since the monsoon is advancing towards the Odisha coast, it expedited the moisture incursion that led to cloud formation and rainfall.”

The most pleasant part of this weather change is the forecast that the cloudy conditions are going to stay for the coming week giving respite from soaring day temperature levels. “The cloud cover would stay for around a week. While Patna would receive light rainfall during the period, eastern Bihar districts may witness heavy rainfall,” Sen said, adding: “Patna may witness clear skies on May 28 and 29 because of the movement of the system that is bringing moisture towards northwest. It would again move eastward leading to cloudy condition.”

Though the sun may shine bright over Patna on May 28 and 29, residents don’t need to worry because the day temperature would hover around 36 to 37 degrees Celsius only. On cloudy days, the mercury level would be around 33 degrees Celsius.

Adding to this, Patna residents would not face heat wave conditions this summer.

“Heatwave conditions would not return as followed by the present phase of cloudy weather. There would be enough moisture in the atmosphere and monsoon, too, is expected to reach the state on time,” Sen said.

He added that a formal forecast regarding monsoon would be issued in three to four days. The normal date of arrival of monsoon in Bihar is between June 11 and 13.

The words of the Met director were music to the ears of Ashiana Nagar resident Manorama Narayan. “Ever since the summer vacation started, my children were confined to home because I was not allowing them to play given the heatwave conditions. They enjoyed Monday playing in the basement of our apartment and I was least bothered because it was very pleasant. If the Met office’s forecast turns out to be correct, children would enjoy the vacations in the coming days as well,” she said.