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Look forward to sunny days

This weekend might be cloudy, but sunny days are in store in the week ahead.

Clouds would not dampen your weekend outing plans, though. Patna Met officials said there is no possibility of rain in the next two days. Nor there would be extreme cold conditions in the city.

India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s headquarters in Delhi in its evening bulletin on Friday stated that there could be rain or thundershowers at isolated places in the state on Saturday. It also predicted dense fog (visibility less than 200m) at a few places.

Weathermen at the Met office in Patna, however, claimed that there was no possibility of rainfall in the region over the weekend.

“A western disturbance that originated from Uttarakhand was initially expected to cause rain and chilly conditions in Bihar over the weekend. But it made a detour and started moving towards northeast on Friday. Hence, it would not touch Bihar and have no impact on the prevailing weather in the state,” said R.K. Giri, scientist, IMD, Patna.

As the days ahead would be sunny and warmer, students up to Class V are unlikely to get another holiday extension on the account of biting cold conditions.

The district administration had on Monday issued a directive suspending classes up to Standard V till Sunday owing to the cold weather.

The hint of warmth could be felt on Friday itself. The day was comparatively brighter and warmer.

People were seen going out to parks and hangout spots in the city to enjoy the warmth of the day.

“The weather over the past week was quite bad, especially after the rain last Saturday. I opened the windows today (Friday) after several days,” said Arpita, a resident of Ashiana Nagar.

Dense fog enveloped the city in the morning, though. The visibility was less than 50m till 8.30am, and motorists had a tough time.

The city experienced what meteorologists described as “shallow to moderate fog” that extended up to 1.5km in height and did not allow the sun to make an appearance before 11am.

“This kind of fog is called ‘radiation fog’, having vertical movement. The prevailing weather conditions in the city — high level of humidity, low wind speed and bright skies — were ideal for the formation of such kind of fog. Radiation fogs normally scatter soon after sunrise because the earth’s surface warms up,” said Giri.

The weathermen predicted similar foggy conditions for the next couple of days. But there would be sunshine later in the day.

“If no western disturbance hits the region over the next few days, skies would be clear in the daytime. Accordingly, the solar radiation would make the days warmer. The maximum temperature would hover around 20°C over the next few days,” said Giri.

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