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Monday , January 21 , 2013
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Winter warms up to cooler comeback

Jamshedpur homemaker Arundhuti Ganguly shed her shawl and switched on the fan, while senior citizen Anil Kumar Shastri had a tough time riding his scooter on low-visibility roads as Jharkhand woke up to a warm, hazy and gloomy winter Sunday.

Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Office said a western disturbance hovering over Uttar Pradesh had resulted in high clouds across Jharkhand, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, and was making the Celsius surge.

A brief and moderate cold phase is, however, expected to make a comeback in a day or so.

The adverse weather on Sunday triggered a rise in minimum temperatures by four to five degrees in many parts of the state.

The night reading rose by four degrees in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas. The local weather observatory in the steel hub recorded 17.5°C on Sunday against a cooler 13.7°C a day before. The temperature was six notches above the average normal.

Ranchi’s minimum of 15°C on Sunday was, however, a tad higher than 14.2°C a day before. The reading was five degrees above the average normal.

Minimum temperatures in Bokaro, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Simdega and Santhal Pargana districts increased by a few degrees too.

While the minimum soared across state, cloudy conditions dragged down maximum readings. Jamshedpur recorded a day reading of 26.1°C against Saturday’s 29.7°C, a slide of more than three degrees.

Ranchi saw a drop of two degrees from 28.7°C on Saturday to 26.1°C.

Director of Patna Met office A.K. Sen said the western disturbance had blocked the flow of the North Wind, which is the principal agent of chill. However, he warned that the north-westerly flow was likely to resume once the disturbance dissipated.

“The impact of the western disturbance would wane in 24 hours. After that, there may be another cold phase. But, there is almost no chance of the minimum temperature dropping below 10°C,” he said.

The senior Met official also ruled out the possibility of any rain due to the impact of the western disturbance.

The prevailing westerly winds have, meanwhile, made nights warmer. “I had to switch on the fan last night. Warm clothes have been shelved for a while too,” said Ganguly, a resident of Circuit House Area in Jamshedpur.

High clouds coupled with moderate fog also resulted in poor visibility on Sunday morning. “Even at 9am, I was finding it difficult to ride my scooter. Fog had blurred my vision,” said Shastri, a resident of Dimna Road in Mango.

Drivers of long-distance buses too complained of poor visibility. Some were delayed, said the East Singhbhum transport department.