Celsius rides a roller coaster

Pre-monsoon showers dragged the Celsius down in some parts of the state, like in Dhanbad and Jamshedpur, on Sunday but dry weather elsewhere, including Ranchi, prompted the Met department to reissue a heat wave alert.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 22.05.17
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A child has fun in the rain in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Pre-monsoon showers dragged the Celsius down in some parts of the state, like in Dhanbad and Jamshedpur, on Sunday but dry weather elsewhere, including Ranchi, prompted the Met department to reissue a heat wave alert.

Rain and thunderstorm are expected in north-eastern and southern parts of the state on Monday after which the skies are expected to clear and maximum temperatures expected to soar.

Officials at Ranchi Meteorological Centre said the rainfall was triggered by a cyclonic circulation and a trough over western Bihar and an associated low-pressure trough stretched between Bihar and north Chhattisgarh, around 1km above the mean sea level.

Sunday's thunderstorm began in Lohardaga around 1pm and then moved to Latehar, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Giridih and Deoghar.

Multiple clusters of cloud brought rain to southern parts of the state, including Jamshedpur, Seraikela and Khunti. The steel city recorded 43mm of rain. The rain was accompanied by gusty winds at 40kmph, which ripped off branches at many places including Telco.

Reports of showers poured in from a few northern districts as well.

"Rain and thunderstorm activities are expected tomorrow in parts of the state, especially in north-eastern and southern districts. Temperatures will rise after that," said D.G. Hedau, a senior weatherman at Ranchi Met office.

Sunday's maximum temperature in Jamshedpur was 41.8°C, two notches above normal. The reading dropped by three degrees after the rain.

Ranchi recorded an oppressive 41-degree-plus. It did experience gusty winds in the afternoon, but there was no rain. The reading was more than four notches above normal, prompting Met officials to issue a heat wave alert.

Daltonganj topped the heat chart with a daytime high of 44°C, four above normal.