Jamshedpur, Jan 20: The bone-numbing sub-10 chill will continue for another 48-hours due to the dominating north-westerly winds, said weathermen today. ” The north-westerly wind is dominating over Jharkhand and this resulted in a sharp drop in minimum temperatures across Jharkhand during the last 48-hours. The downward trend is expected to continue at a few places while districts located in the north would witness slight rise in minimum temperatures due to another approaching western disturbance which is resulting in light moisture incursion into the atmosphere, ” said an official of the local Meteorological Centre.
The Ranchi Meteorological Centre issued a forecast of clear sky for the next 48-hours. However, cloud cover is expected at a few places after the next 48-hours due to the impact of the approaching western disturbance.
“Weather would mainly remain clear for the next 48-hours. But, due to light moisture incursion the minimum readings might go up by one or two degrees but it will remain below 10 degree Celsius,” said, a senior Met official at IMD’s Ranchi centre.
Data revealed that Ranchi today recorded a minimum temperature of 7.5 degree Celsius, three notches below normal. Yesterday, the steel city had recorded a minimum temperature of 10 degree Celsius. Data suggested that the Celsius nosedived by around 10 degree Celsius during the past 48-hours. Met officials confirmed that cold wave conditions were prevailing in the steel city and in the entire Kolhan region.
Districts like Bokaro , Simdega, Deoghar, Giridih and Koderma felt the jitters too, with the minimum recording a little over six degree Celsius. A resident of Sonari in steel city, commenting on the cold wave today said,” I am forced to put woolen clothes in layers to beat cold”.