Jamshedpur, Jan 19: The Celsius slid in most parts of the region today, increasing the chill, thanks to the revival of free flow of north wind. Weathermen today said that the crisp north wind made a comeback and that it will result in plummeting night readings in the next few days.
” The chill-laden winds from north got revived as the impact of western disturbance waned. The minimum temperatures will plummet in most parts of Jharkhand in the next 48-hours or so,” said a senior weather official at IMD’s Patna Meteorological Centre. He, however, ruled out the possibility of a cold wave condition, when minimum readings go five notches below normal.
Weathermen at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre said that winter is at its peak and that the climate across Jharkhand will remain dry for the next 72-hours. ” Dry weather is most likely to prevail in Jharkhand in the next three days. This will result in a further drop in minimum readings,” said a senior official at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
The Ranchi Met Centre also extended the dense fog alert at several places including Daltongang and its adjoining districts, where early morning surface visibility was reduced to 100 metres today.
Weathermen expressed apprehensions of light rain and thunder showers in a few isolated pockets of the state around January 22 due to formation of a low pressure and an associated upper air cyclonic circulation which is gaining strength on the Bay of Bengal near the Andamans.
In meteorological parlance, it is winter in Jharkhand if night readings stay below 13 degree Celsius at a stretch for three consecutive days.
Weathermen said that a conducive wind pattern and drop in relative humidity has resulted in increasing chill. “ Dry north-westerly wind is dominating over Jharkhand, which has prompted night temperatures to dip . The downward trend is expected to continue for another 48-hours or so,” a senior official at IMD’s Ranchi Meteorological Centre.