Children warm up with a game of badminton in Jamshedpur on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Mothballs can rest a while. It is time to unfold your warmest woollens.
Weathermen on Sunday signalled complete onset of winter in Jharkhand, with the Celsius promising a plunge to the 10°C mark in many places in the next 48 hours.
Director of Patna Meteorological Office A.K. Sen attributed the climate change to favourable wind pattern and plummeting relative humidity.
“The cold and dry north-westerly wind is prevailing over Jharkhand, which will prompt night temperatures to drop by at least two to three degrees over the next two days. The Celsius slide is expected to continue,” Sen said.
Several places, including Jamshedpur and Daltonganj, on Sunday recorded the season’s lowest minimum so far.
The mercury meter read 12.5°C in the steel city against 15°C on Saturday. The minimum temperature was two degrees below the average normal.
Similarly, the night reading plummeted to 11.3°C in Daltonganj, its lowest so far. On Saturday, the local observatory there had recorded 12.3°C. Sunday’s Celsius dip was three notches below the normal average.
Ranchi, however, recorded a rise in its minimum temperature to 12.2°C against 11.9°C some 24 hours ago.
The Celsius climbed up due to “unfavourable wind pattern and impact of atmospheric circulations”.
On November 16, the capital had recorded the lowest minimum of 10.2°C.
Dhanbad, Bokaro Koderma, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Deoghar and Simdega witnessed temperature drop because of the dominating north wind.
While Bokaro, Dhanbad, Dumka, Hazaribagh, Deoghar and Simdega shivered between 11°C and 13°C, areas close to Jamshedpur like Ghatshila, Chaibasa, Seraikela and Chandil recorded between 12°C and 13°C, a drop of around two degrees in the last 24 hours.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, said the sun would shine bright for the next three days, a clear indication of further plunge in night readings.
“Also, during the next 72 hours, dry and cold wind will blow over the state to drag down relative humidity,” an Alipore weatherman said.
Most districts sported a clear sky on Sunday, with low humidity conducive to low minimum readings. The Met department has predicted same weather across the state for the next few days, with mist in the mornings and evenings.
The forecast has ruled out possibilities of cloud formation due to local effect or any prevailing system over the Bay of Bengal.
Met statistics revealed that during this time last year, the minimum temperatures in Ranchi and its adjoining areas had hovered between 10°C and 12°C. In Jamshedpur, it had remained around 14°C.
Steel city denizens conceded that they were finally feeling the chill. “We are wearing clothes in layers and sweaters too to keep ourselves warm,” said Ashwini Kumar, a resident of Bistupur.
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