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Mercurial surprises galore in winter’s last lap

- Minimum readings go up in capital & fall in steel city; Met officials pin fluctuation on erratic winds

If you are in Ranchi, wear lighter woollens, but flaunt your winter gear to the fullest if you live in Jamshedpur.

Undoubtedly, this winter has left Jharkhand residents confused and perplexed with the readings sliding up and down in just 24 hours.

The mercury that had plunged to a record low of 5.4°C in Ranchi on Saturday, making it the coldest day of this season in the capital, rose three degrees in just 24 hours. Due to erratic wind pattern and shallow fog, the minimum reading in Ranchi on Sunday rose to 8.8°C, three notches below normal. Kanke, on the outskirts of Ranchi, recorded a minimum of 7°C, as against Saturday’s numbing 5°C. Daltonganj and adjoining areas also witnessed a slight rise in temperature.

However, Jamshedpur, Koderma, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Simdega and Ramgarh saw a fall in the minimum readings.

While Jamshedpur had recorded 10.2°C on Saturday, it came down to 9.8°C on Sunday. Similarly, Dhanbad and Bokaro recorded 8.2°C and 7.9°C, respectively, a tad lower than Saturday.

According to A.K. Sen, director of Patna Meteorological Centre, the rising sea surface temperature in Bay of Bengal is responsible for such erratic winter.

The senior Met official also attributed the upper westerly wind flow for the rise in minimum temperature in certain pockets of Jharkhand.

Terming this winter unpredictable, Sen said this season has been peculiar and would continue to surprise. “In places, it has forced people to grab more woollens and in others, to shelve them,” he added.

Weathermen predicted that the tale of fluctuating temperatures was set to unfold further over the next two days with partly cloudy sky likely to push the celsius up before a final plunge in the last lap of winter.

“The minimum temperatures will continue to fluctuate, though there will be no significant change in the weather condition,” Sen added.

Statistics also revealed that unlike last year there has been no cold wave condition in Jharkhand this year when the minimum reading goes 4 to 5 notches below normal. Last winter, such cold wave conditions tormented the state thrice.

Western disturbances from the north usually pave the way for such cold wave conditions. But, this year none of the western disturbances came down to the lower latitudes to effect the weather conditions in Jharkhand and neighbouring states.

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