Rain brings 3 degrees of respite

Patna: Residents got respite from the sweltering heat as the heatwave ended after a week and the maximum temperature fell by 3.2º Celsius to 38º Celsius on Saturday from 41.2ºC the day before.

The maximum temperatures had been hovering in the range of 40-43ºC over the past week, disrupting daily life and keeping a majority of people in the shades, under fans, coolers and air conditioners.

It had also led to suspension if classes up to Class VIII to protect children from the heatwave.

"Several districts of north Bihar witnessed moderate rainfall ranging from 3cm to 9cm on Saturday morning. Its affect reached Patna too and the heatwave stopped," Patna-based IMD scientist Anand Shankar told The Telegraph.

Shankar also ruled out return of the heatwave as intermittent rains will continue and then pick up pace in the coming days.

"Rains have already started. They will spread and their intensity will increase from June 26-27 over the state. There could be heavy rain too," he said.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast that conditions are becoming favourable for the southwest monsoon to advance over some parts of Bihar in the next two to three days.

The drop in temperatures saw more people on the roads going about their pending work and thanking the weather gods for the much-needed relief.

"The past week has been horrible and Patnaites will vouch for it," said Meenakshi Malti, who works for a corporate house here.

"One would bathe in cold water and get relief but would begin perspiring profusely the moment one steped out of the bathroom. It seemed like we were all were living in some furnace."

The welcome change in weather should have led to schools reopening after their extended summer holiday owing to the heat, but the administration is not taking any chances yet.

It announced on Saturday extension of the summer vacation by another two days for classes up to Standard VIII. These classes will now resume from Wednesday, June 27, instead of Monday, June 25, as had been announced earlier.

On the other hand, many residents expressed happiness that the schools would finally reopen from Wednesday after the extension of summer vacation due to the heatwave.

"We all welcomed the extension of summer holidays for the safety of our children, but it also led to a lot of trouble for us. With homework done and schools closed, the kids have turned into complete monkeys and we were having a difficult time keeping them indoors," said Rekha Kumari, a housewife living in Kadamkuan area.


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