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Monday , February 24 , 2014
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Brolly good time for 24hrs

Keep the umbrella handy and do not shelve the woollens yet.

Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Centre on Sunday predicted that a cyclonic circulation, which is currently hovering over Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, would bring rain in isolated pockets and push up night temperatures.

They added that minimum readings would start plummeting once the cloud cover wanes and the sun shines.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta also indicated light rain in the next 24 hours. The satellite pictures and chart analysis suggest formation of clouds over Jharkhand. The prevailing weather will help in moisture incursion, which will raise night temperatures, said a duty officer at the centre.

Director of Patna Met office A.K. Sen said: The cyclonic circulation, which on Saturday evening was hovering over Bihar and Jharkhand, today (Sunday) moved to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The circulation that is extending 1.5km above the sea level has resulted in this adverse weather condition.

Climate analyst in Ranchi L.K. Giri said that the cloud cover would prevail for the next three-four days. The satellite pictures indicate that Jharkhand will not have a clear sky in the next three to four days, he added.

Meanwhile, owing to the cyclonic circulation several places across the state, including Ranchi, experienced drizzle since Saturday evening.

While Daltonganj and its adjoining areas recorded around 20mm rain, the capital recorded only 3mm on Sunday afternoon. Report of showers also poured in from Giridih and Koderma, both of which witnessed over 2mm rain. Khunti and places in Seraikela-Kharsawan also experienced showers.

The cloud cover has forced night readings to go up by three to four degrees over the past 24 hours. The minimum temperature in Ranchi rose to 15.5C, three degrees above normal and the maximum stood at 25C, two below normal. Jamshedpur recorded a minimum of 18.6C, four degrees above normal. The maximum around 29C was two below normal.

Daltonganj recorded a minimum of 15.3C, a tad above normal, while the maximum plummeted to 21C, seven notches below normal. In Hazaribagh, Deoghar, Bokaro and Dhanbad, the minimum rose three-four notches above normal.