| Girls sweat in the heat on Monday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Sweating over the sultry weather of the past few days, Ashiana Nagar resident Manorama Prasad can expect some relief later this week. Weathermen have predicted light to moderate rainfall in the city and other parts of the state from Thursday till the weekend.
“A low pressure area has developed near coastal Odisha. It is heading towards Jharkhand and would enter Bihar through the neighbouring state, leading to light to moderate rainfall in Patna and other parts of the state,” meteorologist at the Patna weather office R.K. Giri told The Telegraph on Monday.
Residents have been sweating buckets for the past week or so, thanks to the northward movement of the mercury and lack of rainfall. The temperature is keeping above 35°C and the high relative humidity (more than 80 per cent) is making matters worse.
“The past week has been really tough, particularly for kids who come back from schools around 1.30pm drenched in sweat,” said Manorama Prasad, the mother of two school-going daughters.
The weathermen have offered some hope though. Giri said the low-pressure system would start showing its impact on the weather from Tuesday evening. Its full impact would be felt from Thursday and could prompt rainfall in the next three-four days.
The expected rainfall later this week would bring down the temperature levels, allowing mothers like Manorama to send their children to school without worrying about the sultry conditions.
Giri added: “The expected rainfall would bring down the maximum temperature level to around 30°C, giving residents relief from the sultry conditions.”
The forecast bodes well for the state’s farmers too. Bihar has received 14 per cent deficient rainfall in the first 43 days of the monsoon (June 1 to July 13). The scenario is the same in Patna too.
Chandra Vijay Kumar, a farmer from East Champaran district, said: “We are transplanting paddy with water from tubewells. Proper rainfall would reduce our input cost and help in nurturing transplanted paddy crops.”
On the reasons why the rain god has given the state a miss over the past week or so, Giri said the easterly winds were to be blamed for it.
He said the high speed of the easterly winds, blowing in the upper level of the atmosphere, is not allowing moisture to accumulate for rain. Ideally, the winds should blow at 3-4kmph for sufficient accumulation of moisture to cause rainfall. Right now, its speed in the upper level of the atmosphere is around 12-15kmph.
It is taking away moisture accumulating in any place and not allowing proper cloud formation for rainfall.