A dupatta becomes a girl’s best friend on a hot Wednesday in Bistupur, Jamshedpur. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, May 7: The mercury took a double-degree stride overnight in most parts of Jharkhand, heralding another hot and dry spell as maverick winds scuttled chances of stormy relief in the next few days.
A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre, said that the weather chart analysis this afternoon showed a shift in the cyclonic circulation, which was hovering over Bihar and its adjoining areas.
“The summer saviour Nor’wester that originates over the Chotanagpur Plateau will do a vanishing act for at least 72 hours from tomorrow owing to this condition and an adverse wind pattern.”
According to Sen, south-westerly winds dominated most parts of the state today.
“Some districts, especially those close to Bengal are experiencing easterly winds, but the flow is weak resulting in insufficient moisture incursion into the atmosphere. Unless the winds blow stronger, it cannot trigger a storm,” he added.
All hope is not lost though as the senior weatherman hinted that a trough of low pressure was still existing over Jharkhand.
“Whether it will transform into another system (that can brew a storm) will be known after the next 24 hours,” he said.
The Patna Met centre, in its forecast this evening, predicted unabated rise in maximum temperatures across the state.
According to www.accuweather.com, the “real feel temperature” will be a gruelling high of 102 degrees in Ranchi and 109 degrees in Jamshedpur. The real feel temperature tries to provide a measure of what a person will experience outdoors by taking into account many factors, including humidity, cloud cover, winds, intensity of solar radiation and angle of the sun.
Today, the day’s maximum temperature was more than two degrees higher in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas. The local observatory recorded 40.2°C compared with yesterday’s 38°C. The capital witnessed some parity at 35.7°C against 35°C.
Weathermen at Ranchi Meteorological Centre said the maximum reading was likely to witness two-degree rise in the next 48 hours. Day temperatures are also expected to soar in Daltonganj, Deoghar, Koderma, Hazaribagh and Dhanbad after 24 hours.
Last week, several parts of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh and Chatra, had experienced thunderstorm activity accompanied by Nor’wester rain, which brought relief from the blistering heat. It will take a turn of week to relive that pleasure.