Jamshedpur: A drizzle in the city on Saturday has brought a drip in the mercury making the weather foggy. Meteorogically, the cold-season begins in December and stretches over January to early February
however, light rain has changed the weather on Chotanagpur plateau region.
Overcast sky and sporadic showers at different pockets of the region pushed the temperature further down. The light to moderate rain brought with itself the season’s first shivers.
The city witnessed .4 MM of rainfall that increased coolness in the air. The minimum temperature recorded in the city today was 10 degree and the maximum 24.1 degree.
The denizens woke up to cloudy morning and the drizzle continued sporadically throughout the day. The chill in the air forced the citizens to wrap themselves in warm cloths.
The Met further predicted that temperature during the night may also take a sharp dip by two to four degrees across the region.
Officials of local weather department said that the sudden change in temperature is due to the formation of a cyclonic circulation over Gangetic Bengal that resulted in rain. Met office in the predicted that the squally weather conditions may continue for a couple of days with the depression threatening to strengthen further.
““The cyclonic circulation has also affected the wind pattern. Till last evening, north-westerly winds were dominating over the State, but due to the impact of the cyclonic circulation, the wind pattern
changed to easterly, which usually helps raising night temperatures,” explained a senior official of local Met office.
The officials said that department cannot forecast how harsh the winter this year would be. However, the temperature would range between 12 and 22 degrees.
Meanwhile the daylong drizzle coupled with cold winds disrupted life in the city as people faced difficulties The drizzly weather caused long tailbacks on the city streets on Sunday. Pedestrians had trouble walking on sidewalks and roads and many found their clothes mud-splattered.
Officials from the Met department said they expected light rainfall to continue till February and the fog to return. “Though temperatures had been falling gradually over the past 10 days, the cold weather today was agonising. The rain made it terribly difficult this time,” Ankit Varshney, a software consultant said. Unexpected showers left most denizens fuming.
The maximum temperature during the day dipped sharply, falling 7 degrees below the normal and forcing people to drape themselves in layers to beat the chill.
“Although rainfall arrived a day earlier than expected, a reduction in the density of fog cover in the next few days is likely,” said an official.