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Fretting at 40°C? Brace for more

As predicted, the sun played a tormentor on Friday, sending the Celsius soaring past the oppressive 40°C mark for the first time this season. The hot spots include Jamshedpur and its allied areas.

Now, that was the bad news. The ugly news is that weathermen expect this sultry condition to last at least another 72 hours with the day’s chart analysis indicating no sign of a Nor’wester.

“The westerly winds are dominating. The weather will remain hot and dry for the next few days,” confirmed A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

In its Friday afternoon bulletin, the Met office said maximum temperatures had peaked in several districts and East Singhbhum (Jamshedpur) topped the chart. The local weather office in the steel city recorded 40.4°C, three notches above normal, and some pockets reported loo-like winds.

West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan also fretted over 40°C. Chaibasa recorded 40.1°C and Seraikela huffed and puffed at 40.3°C. Day readings also went north in Dhanbad, Bokaro, Deoghar, Ramgarh and other districts.

However, there was not much variation in the capital district of Ranchi, where the temperature hovered around 35°C for the second day in a row. Jharkhand’s traditional heat chamber Daltonganj — the headquarters of Palamau district — too stayed comparatively cooler at 38.8°C.

“There is no possibility of rain in the next three days. Day temperatures will continue to rise,” reiterated a weatherman at Ranchi Meteorological Centre. He added that the prevailing westerly wind pattern was obstructing incursion of moisture and would continue doing so until next week.

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