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Wet today, dry tomorrow

- Low pressure over Bay of Bengal, cyclonic circulation bring brief bounty for Jharkhand

Most parts of Jharkhand, which soaked in happy showers in the past 24 hours, can expect another bounty of moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday owing to a well-marked low-pressure zone over southern Madhya Pradesh. The intensity of precipitation will, however, peter out after the next 24 hours.

Weathermen said rainfall activity was gaining momentum owing to an associated upper air cyclonic circulation existing 7.6km above mean sea level.

On Monday, the axis of the monsoon trough was stretched between Rajasthan and east central Bay of Bengal, crossing Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

“Jharkhand will receive rainfall owing to the impact of low pressure coupled with an upper air cyclonic circulation. We have also issued heavy rain alert in few places in the next 24 hours,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

The senior Met official, however, added that the shower show would be less after 24 hours when the cyclonic circulation was expected to weaken.

The Patna Meteorological Centre and the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too issued heavy rain warning at isolated places over Jharkhand on Tuesday. “The low pressure in MP is impacting Jharkhand’s weather condition. Heavy rain in isolated pockets is expected,” said the duty officer at the regional Met office.

Konar in Hazaribagh, and Papunki and Maithon in Dhanbad received around 50mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. Tilaiya (Koderma), Bokaro, Ranchi and their adjoining areas experienced over 40mm.

Lohardaga, Pakur and Dumka received 30mm while the local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded around 10mm. Seraikela and Ghatshila experienced more than 10mm while Chandil recorded 9.2mm.

Against a normal of 858.6mm, the state received 765.1mm till Monday, registering a deficit of 11 per cent, a notch less than Sunday.

Weathermen are optimistic that the current spell would further drag down the deficit.