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Monday , February 10 , 2014
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Time to say farewell winter


Find your old shades or fancy a new one and stock up on sunscreen, the season of shiver is mulling an exit from Jharkhand soon.

Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Centre on Sunday said that the countdown for winter’s annual retreat had begun, with minimum temperatures crossing the 13°C mark in most parts of the state.

Besides, detailed weather analyses have revealed that there are no possibilities of fresh plunge.

“If night readings continue to remain over 13°C for the next few days, we will declare the exit of winter from Jharkhand,” said A.K. Sen, the director of the Patna Met office.

The senior weatherman further said that the state was in the grip of a pressure gradient, which is caused by fluctuations in the wind pattern and heating of the lower level of atmosphere.

“The nature of winds is an indication of spring — a pre-summer transition phase — that should last at least a month,” he said, adding that the wind type was hovering between westerly and north-westerly for the past couple of days.

The Patna Met office has also announced a dry weather in Jharkhand for the next 48 hours. “Most places will witness clear skies for the next two days. Both maximum and minimum temperatures will witness a rising trend,” said a weather analyst in Patna.

The prevailing westerly winds have already propelled the mercury in many parts of the state.

The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded a maximum of around 33°C on Sunday. A day ago, the steel city had huffed and puffed at 33.3°C, six notches above normal.

The Coal Belt and Palamau regions too experienced day discomfort at more than 30°C on Sunday.

Given its altitude advantage, Ranchi stayed the coolest one though the maximum temperature was 28°C, five notches above normal. The capital had sweated at 29.8°C on Saturday. The reading was six notches above normal.

Day readings in several districts, including Hazaribagh, Deoghar, Koderma, Ramgarh, Simdega and Seraikela-Kharsawan remained three to four degrees above normal on Sunday.

Minimum temperatures are also witnessing an upward trend across the state. The observatory in Ranchi on Sunday recorded 14.2°C. A day before, the night meter read 16.3°C, five notches above normal.

Jamshedpur too experienced a pleasant night on Sunday at 15.9°C. The steel city had recorded a minimum of 17°C, six degrees above the normal, on Saturday.

In Dhanbad, Daltonganj, Bokaro and other places, minimum temperatures climbed by three to four degrees in the past 24 hours.

Winter’s weakening force was felt by residents in both Ranchi and Jamshedpur. In fact, commuters in the steel city are already flaunting their sun gear — from umbrellas to scarves to shades to UV-protection lotions. Indoors, fans have become a must.

“The weather has become suddenly oppressive. Last weekend was still cold and comfortable. I had to switch on the AC both at home and while driving,” said Anil Mishra, a banker in Sonari.

Sunanda Dey, a public relations executive in Ranchi, said it already felt like summer. “Forget woollens. By 8am, the sun is almost a scorcher. I have switched from using cold cream to applying sunscreen lotion now,” she added.