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Longest cold wave in 15 years - No warmth in sight for 48hrs

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By PINAKI MAJUMDAR
  • Published 7.01.11
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Jamshedpur, Jan. 6: Patna Meteorological Office today said cold wave conditions in Jharkhand would prevail for another 48 hours, even as it sounded a severe cold wave alert for a few isolated places in the state.

This is the first time in 15 years that a cold wave has lasted this long in Jharkhand. The current spell set in on January 2. “Cold wave conditions have been prevailing for the last five days. With no possibility of change in wind pattern or any adverse atmospheric circulation, the cold wave conditions will continue for another two days,” said A.B. Gupta, senior meteorologist at the Patna Met office.

In 1995, Jharkhand was hit by a cold wave that continued for five days. That year, severe cold wave conditions prevailed at a few places for 48 hours as well. In subsequent years too, Jharkhand experienced cold waves, but none lasted for more than four days at a stretch.

Meanwhile, the mercury hit a new low in Daltonganj. The local observatory today recorded a minimum temperature of 3.8°C, five notches below normal. Yesterday, it was 4.7° C. The mercury rose a wee bit to 4°C in Hazaribagh, offering relief from yesterday’s bone-cracking 2.9°C.

The state capital shivered at 4.8°C. Today’s minimum reading in Ranchi was four notches below normal. Ranchi recorded 4.2°C yesterday. Jamshedpur and Dhanbad remained tied at a minimum of 6.9°C. Today’s minimum temperature in Jamshedpur was five notches below normal while in Dhanbad, it was six points below average normal. Chaibasa in West Singhbhum witnessed 6.8°C.

The night temperatures in several places including Koderma, Bokaro, Deoghar, Latehar, Palamau and Simdega fell by two degrees in the last 24 hours.

The cold wave had an impact on the maximum temperatures as well. According to Met statistics, the maximum temperature at several places including Daltonganj, Jamshedpur and Ranchi hovered between 19 and 23°C. The highest in Daltonganj was 19.7°C, four points below normal.

“The chill has intensified because of the strong flow of the cold, dry north-westerlies. The cold wave prevailing in large parts of northern India is also adding to the chill. The cold wave conditions will stay for another 48 hours in Jharkhand,” said the duty officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta.

Met officials at Alipore ruled out the possibility of any adverse weather condition that could take away the chill.