Rain forecast across state

DARKNESS AT NOON: Cars switch on their headlights on Old HB Road in Ranchi on Friday afternoon because of low visibility following a sudden downpour. (Manob Chowdhary)

Jamshedpur: Several cities, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj, experienced light showers on Friday due to the impact of a cyclonic circulation hovering over Jharkhand.

Apart from Jharkhand, the cyclonic circulation, which extended up to 0.9km above mean sea level, also covered neighbouring north Odisha and Gangetic Bengal.

"The cyclonic circulation resulted in the formation of clouds and led to moisture incursion. This, in turn, resulted in showers at several places," said a duty officer at Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

The IMD at Patna and Ranchi Meteorological Centre predicted isolated rain and thundershowers in Jharkhand in their 5-day forecast. "A passing western disturbance from the northern parts of the country would impact Jharkhand's weather after the next 24 hours. We are expecting light rains and thundershowers at several places from Saturday evening," said the duty officer.

The Ranchi Met Centre also issued an alert of moderate thundershowers, accompanied by hail, at a few isolated places on February 12 and 13. Cloud cover would prevail in most places in the next five days.

Friday's rain was the first shower of the year. IMD observatories in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj and Dhanbad recorded rainfall in traces. Reports of light rain also poured in from other districts like Giridih, Chatra, Khunti and Seraikela-Kharsawan.

South-westerly winds dominated most parts of the state on Friday. A climate analyst at Patna Met Centre said the flow of north-westerly wind had stopped because of the impact of western disturbances.

Ranchi recorded a minimum temperature of 14.2°C, three notches above normal on Friday.

The capital had recorded a minimum of 16.5 degree Celsius on Thursday.

The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded 15.9 degree Celsius, two notches above normal. On Thursday, Jamshedpur had notched a minimum of 17.5 degree Celsius.

Daltonganj recorded a minimum of 14.7 degree Celsius, against Thursday's 16 degrees. Friday's minimum in Daltonganj was four notches above normal.

The minimum reading in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Chatra, Giridih, Jamtara and Pakur was hovering between 13 and 16 degree Celsius.

Weathermen said the prevailing weather would push up night readings while day readings were expected to witness a fall due to cloud formation and moisture incursion into the atmosphere.


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