Bikers brave heavy showers on Old Court Road in Sakchi on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Johar Jharkhand, behold the monsoon magic!
Delightfully drenched so far this July, most parts of the state are expected to further experience moderate to heavy rainfall till midweek owing to low pressure over the northwest Bay of Bengal, weathermen said on Sunday.
“Showers will soak Jharkhand, particularly places in higher altitudes, during the next 48 hours. We are also expecting rainfall activity for the next few days because the monsoon trough is passing through the state,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta also forecast rainfall activity over Jharkhand. “The low pressure over the Bay of Bengal will impact weather conditions. Heavy rain in isolated pockets is expected,” said the duty officer.
Several parts of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Giridih, Deoghar, Dhanbad and Bokaro have received good spells over the weekend.
Jamshedpur, Ramgarh, Khunti, Koderma, Deoghar and Daltonganj received around 5mm rainfall on Sunday. Districts like Simdega, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan were left soaking as well.
Met statistics show Jharkhand at two per cent rain surplus on July 6.
Against a normal score of 245mm, the state received 254mm till Sunday. On July 1, it had registered a deficit of 25 per cent.
Simdega tops the rain-loss list with 58 per cent. In Ranchi, the deficit stood at 18 per cent, which is considered negligible and as good as normal. The other deficit districts include Garhwa and Lohardaga.
Till July 5 last year, Jharkhand had faced a rain deficit of 27 per cent. Rainfall gained momentum only after July 15.