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Take cover, mercury to slide

Jamshedpur, Dec. 2: Brace for some bone-numbing chill as the weatherman has predicted a Celsius slide in the next 48 hours.

Officials at the Patna Meteorological Office today said most parts of the state including capital Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj were already shivering in temperatures three degrees below normal.

“The drop in the minimum temperature was brought about by the combined impact of dry weather conditions and the active flow of cool northerly wind. The northerly flow will gather momentum over the next 48 hours resulting in a drop in minimum readings in Jharkhand by two to three degrees,” said A.K. Sen, director of the Patna Met office.

The senior official said the chill in the air would be present through the day due to a fall in both maximum and minimum temperatures. The average maximum temperature around the state at present is between 23C and 27C. This would fall further over the next two days.

Similarly, the average night reading across the state, which right now is between 10 and 13C, will also fall due to a favourable wind pattern and dry weather conditions.

The minimum temperature in Ranchi on Sunday was 10C, three notches below normal, making it the coldest day of the season so far. On November 28, Ranchi had recorded 10.4C.

Heat chamber Daltonganj also shivered at 10.6C, the season’s second lowest minimum reading. On November 28, the local observatory had recorded a biting 10.3C.

Night readings also plummeted in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Simdega, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum in the last 24 hours.

Steel hub Bokaro and coal capital Dhanbad today recorded minimums of 10.7C and 10.4C respectively. Today’s minimum reading at Dhanbad was the season’s lowest. The maximum temperature also witnessed a fall of one degree at both places, with day temperatures hovering between 22 and 23C in the coal belt.

A duty officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta said weather in Jharkhand would remain dry with clear sky in the next 48 hours. “The night temperature will witness a downward trend,” he confirmed.

Statistics revealed that this year, November was comparatively cooler than the last two years. “Minimum temperature usually witnesses a fall below 12C around the first week of December. But this year, at several places across Jharkhand, minimum temperatures went below 11C in the last week of November,” said a weather analyst at the Patna Meteorological Office.