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Celsius dives to make way for monsoon magic

- Weathermen issue thundersquall alert, winds may clock 60kmph in some parts of state

Johar Jharkhand, get set for rain revelry; the sizzling summer of 2014 is almost over.

Maximum temperatures across the state took a tumble below 40°C on Tuesday, courtesy pre-monsoon showers, and prompted weathermen to withdraw their heat wave alert. The inside word is that the annual rainmaker may sneak in any time now.

“Widespread pre-monsoon showers began last (Monday) evening. Conditions are favourable for the onset of the southwest monsoon in Jharkhand. We are keeping close watch. The arrival of the rains is expected within the next 48 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

The bounty from the skies since Monday has left many places drenched in relief and happiness. Amrapara in Pakur topped the rain-o-meter with 80mm while Maheshpur in the same district recorded 11mm. Konar in Bokaro received 11.2mm while Jamtara and Hazaribagh experienced 9mm.

Giridih cooled down with 7mm and the local weather office at Sonari, Jamshedpur, registered 4.3mm. Tourist town Ghatshila (in East Singhbhum) soaked in 5mm, coal capital Dhanbad witnessed 3mm and Koderma had a share of 2mm. Rainfall was also reported in Ramgarh, Latehar, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts.

According to rule, the IMD offices in Patna officially declares the onset of monsoon when 60 per cent observatories spread across Jharkhand report 2.5mm of pre-monsoon rain for three consecutive days. Other factors, including upper atmosphere wind pattern, are taken into consideration too.

The IMD’s Ranchi office on Tuesday issued a squall alert with wind speed reaching 60kmph in isolated pockets in the next 48 hours. The forecast also hinted at increased rainfall activity thereafter. Hence, weathermen are sanguine of monsoon debut by Thursday.

“The south-westerly wind was dominating over Jharkhand today (Tuesday). Such a pattern results in moisture incursion into the atmosphere and helps trigger downpour,” said a climate analyst at Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Canopy of clouds was visible in most parts of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj. Some places experienced intermittent showers, which dragged down the Celsius.

The daytime high dropped two degrees in Jamshedpur to 38°C. Altitude-happy Ranchi, however, didn’t see much change in 24 hours, with the Celsius sliding gently to 35.6 degrees from 36.

Dhanbad, on the other hand, witnessed plummeting maximum readings. The local observatory recorded 38.8°C from 42.6°C on Monday. The day temperature also dipped two degrees in Bokaro from 43.2°C, albeit stayed above the oppressive marker. Daltonganj, like Ranchi, saw a minor change to 37.8°C from 38.4°C.

Districts like Koderma, Ramgarh, Giridih, Dumka and Latehar witnessed double-degree plunge or more in 24 hours.

“Maximum readings in most parts of the state are well within normal limits now. They will drop by another three-four degrees in the next couple of days,” a weather official in Ranchi said.