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Late date with moody monsoon
- No rainy respite from heat until June 20

The rain god is back with his star tantrums.

Weathermen on Wednesday said Jharkhand’s date with the southwest monsoon would be delayed by 10 days or so, which means the rains will arrive around June 20 this year instead of the normal onset of June 10. Also, they warned that the dry spell would continue for the next 72 hours, courtesy dominating westerly winds, and trigger a Celsius surge.

Analysts at Patna Meteorological Centre said satellite pictures suggested that the monsoon current, which has already entered the Andaman sea and southeast Bay of Bengal, was yet to hit the Kerala coast. The IMD evening bulletin said conditions were favourable for the onset of monsoon over Kerala and its further advance during the next 48 hours.

In 2013, the rain god had been prompter and had showered his bounty on Jharkhand from June 16. Earlier this year, weather officials in Patna had predicted that the rains would hit the state around June 15.

“But, it takes at least 12 days for the southwest current to reach Jharkhand and Bihar after it hits the Kerala coast. Radar images show that conditions are favourable for the onset in Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu in the next two days, which means Jharkhand will greet monsoon around June 20 after a delay of 10 days,” said S.K. Patel, a meteorologist in Patna.

The good news, however, is that the Bay of Bengal component of the southwest monsoon is showing “normal behaviour” compared to the Arabian sea one. “Conditions are favourable for its advance in the next 48 hours,” an official at Ranchi weather office underscored the IMD forecast.

The dry heat has, meanwhile, made life miserable in Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Deoghar, Seraikela and Daltonganj. The maximum temperature in Jamshedpur touched an oppressive 40.1°C compared to 38.5°C on Tuesday.

The day reading notched 42.8°C in Daltonganj and weathermen warned another degree rise in 24 hours. Ranchi too witnessed a rise from 36°C to 37.6°C in a day.

The discomfort index in most places too remained above the normal of 55 degrees on Wednesday. It stood at 60 degrees in Jamshedpur, Deoghar and Bokaro, while Ranchi recorded 58 degrees.

The RealFeel Temperature, which takes into account many factors to determine how hot one may actually feel outside, have predicted 106 degrees and 120 degrees in Ranchi and Jamshedpur, respectively, on Thursday.

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