| Patches of cloud over Patna on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
This Valentine’s Day, lovebirds could get an opportunity of rain dance, naturally.
Couples fond of romance in rain would hail the western disturbance, lying over Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand on Tuesday. The rest would have to take cover under umbrellas on February 14, the day it is expected to hit the state.
The fallout of the western disturbance could be light rainfall in southern and central Bihar, including Patna, and moderate rainfall in north Bihar. Day cold conditions would prevail on February 15, followed by a sharp drop in minimum temperature the day after.
Cold breeze from the Jammu region pulled down the minimum temperature suddenly to 9°C on Tuesday. Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna, told The Telegraph: “The strong western disturbance would start moving downwards from tomorrow (Wednesday) and is expected to reach Bihar by Friday. Consequently, the skies are expected to be mostly cloudy on Friday and light rains can occur in the evening.”
Sen said: “After entering the region in the afternoon of Friday, the western disturbance is expected to cause light rainfall in south and central Bihar and moderate rainfall in the northern parts of the state on Saturday. The prevalence of cloud cover in the skies is expected to create day cold conditions because of sudden drop in the maximum temperature.”
The cloud cover is expected to disperse from the region on Sunday. Usually, dense fog cover is witnessed after a rainy spell in the winter but Sen ruled out such a situation this time.
“The maximum temperature has increased considerably in the region because of the clear skies over the past few days. Thus, the moisture left after the rain would saturate soon,” Sen said.
On the expected departure of the winter, Sen said: “According to meteorology, the winter is said to depart when the actual minimum temperature remains four to five notches above normal or above 13°C for five to six consecutive days. Such a condition is now expected in the city by the end of the third week of this month.”