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Celsius to soar for 72hrs

Scorcher will soon be an understatement for this summer, with the menacing mercury preparing for yet another degree leap in the next 72 hours and the elusive Nor’wester teasing the weathervane.

Meteorologists are attributing the Celsius surge to the wind factor.

“Except for Ranchi and Dumka, none of the other districts of Jharkhand have experienced a Nor’wester. The state is in the grip of dry westerly winds, which is pushing up maximum temperatures,” explained R.K Giri, the officiating director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

In its forecast, the Met centre said day readings would rise by two to three degrees in the next three days.

“The westerly winds are preventing cloud formation and moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal. Only a Nor’wester can bring relief, but there is no sign of one in our chart,” added Giri.

Statistics show that during this time last year, the maximum had hovered between 37°C and 40°C in Jamshedpur, Koderma, Hazaribagh and Deoghar. This year, it has crossed the oppressive mark.

Jamshedpur on Tuesday saw a high of 40.4°C, a degree above normal. On April 22, 2013, the city had read 38°C. Thanks to Nor’westers, it had also soaked in 35mm rain between March 15 and April 20.

Daltonganj, Dhanbad and Bokaro are also fretting over 40°C. The maximum in Ranchi is comparatively lower at around 36.4°C, but weathermen warned of a steep rise in the capital too in the next 72-hours.

“Maximum temperatures in almost all the districts of Jharkhand are above normal. Similarly, minimum temperatures are also changing,” said a weather analyst at the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta, warning of a woeful summer.

The Patna weather office has forecast dry winds and clear skies in the next 24 hours.