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Heat retreats as monsoon inches forward

- Light showers keep temperatures under control in Ranchi, Jamshedpur sheltered by cloud cover

Jamshedpur, June 17: It was a cloudy and pleasant Sunday around Jharkhand as maximum temperatures rolled back to normal levels after a month of intolerable heat, and Met officials brought more good news — of the monsoon’s likely arrival in the next 72 hours.

Most districts cooled off under a cloud cover, which kept temperatures under check. Weathermen attributed the cloud to a low pressure trough drawing moisture from Bay of Bengal.

The maximum temperature plummeted to 33.8C in capital Ranchi from yesterday's 40.4C, today’s reading being two notches below normal.

The day temperature also nose-dived to a degree below normal in Jamshedpur to 34.5C from yesterday’s 40.5C. West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan were 4 to 5 degrees cooler than yesterday.

Though Bokaro topped the Celsius chart at 42.4C, the mercury was well within normal limits. Heat pockets Daltonganj and Dhanbad recorded 41.6C and 41.3C respectively.

While it rained in Ranchi last night and this evening, Koderma, Deoghar and Daltonganj experienced light showers as well.

Meanwhile, the countdown began for the arrival of the southwest monsoon in Jharkhand.

“The southwest monsoon has reached Odisha coast and Gangetic Bengal today. It will hopefully arrive in Jharkhand and Bihar in the next 72-hours,” said D.C. Gupta, joint director of Patna Meteorological Office.

The senior meteorologist, however, said it won't result in much rain as the monsoon current is weak. “ We were expecting rainfall of about 30-40mm at a few places, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, after the onset of monsoon. But, that is not going to happen due to weak currents. Only a strong cyclonic circulation can give momentum to the currents,” he added.

A weatherman at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta said the northern limit of southwest monsoon touched Gangtok, Keonjhar and Midnapore today.

“The Bay of Bengal component of the monsoon is weak but conditions are favourable for the arrival of the rainy season in Jharkhand in the next couple of days,” said the weatherman.

And till the rains make an appearance, the swelter factor will remain high.

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