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Jamshedpur: Met department issues heat wave warning

Jamshedpur, June 18 : The Met department today issued heat wave condition in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas as day temperature sprinted to over 42.1 degree Celsius.The heat wave conditions is likely to spread , especially in districts of northern Jharkhand in the next one or two days,” said an official.

Director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre B K Mandal said there is no indication of arrival of monsoon in the next one week. “The maximum temperature will continue to rise because the dry westerly winds are dominant,” he said.

Jamshedpur recorded day’s reading of over 42.1 degrees, the hottest day of the season. Today’s temperature was six notches above normal in Jamshedpur. Palamau headquarters, Daltonganj and several other districts in north western part like Latehar, Garwah and Chatra recorded around 42 degrees, four to five notches above normal.

Meanwhile, private English medium schools have decided to revise their school timings from Tuesday because of heat wave. The new timing of most of the schools will be from 6:30 am to 11:45 am. Loyola School has also changed it to 6:30 am to 11:30 am from tomorrow.

Schools like DBMS English School, ADLS Sunshine School, Motilal Nehru Public School, and RajendraVidyalaya are yet to decide.

The city has been sweltering for the past few days with temperatures above 42 degrees Celsius and wearing a deserted look. Frequent power cuts have added to the woes of residents.

Weathermen said the alert was to stay on as the maximum temperature at several areas has crossed five degrees above normal. “The month of June is the hottest period as far in the city. The maximum temperature will continue to rise due to the westerly winds dominating the State. We find no signs of rain in the chart analysis. People have to wait for the rain. We have extended the heat wave alert as the maximum temperature in several places is rising,” said an official of Patna Meteorological Office.

He explained that in the absence of rain, the mercury was witnessing a steeper rise. ” Strong westerly winds is dominating over the state and it is preventing the easterly winds to takeover. We are expecting a change in the wind pattern only after the next 48-hours,” said the senior Met official.

Notably, Jamshedpur has a record of maximum temperature in June 1942. Data revealed that on June 11, 1942, the steel city recorded the ever highest maximum reading of 47.2 degree Celsius.

The hot and scorching summer in the city has not only made life difficult but has also increased the woes of the people. Several cases of serious diseases, such as dehydration, gastroenteritis, jaundice and viral fever are being reported in the city with nursing homes and hospitals witnessing spurt in admissions.

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