Jamshedpur, Dec. 16: Jamshedpur witnessed a fall of temperature with the minimum readings plummeted to 11 degrees Celsius from Friday’s 13.3 degrees Celsius. Saturday’s minimum reading in steel city was one notch below normal.
Weathermen said the north-westerly wind will increase the chill in most districts of Jharkhand. Several areas in Jharkhand, including Jamshedpur, witnessed an abrupt fall in the minimum readings that plunged to around 11 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
Most parts of the state saw clear skies and low humidity levels on Saturday, both conducive to lower mercury readings.
Recording temperatures around two notches below normal, Ranchi on Saturday felt shivers at 11.5 degrees Celsius. On Friday, the capital had recorded a minimum of 12.5 degree Celsius, one notch above normal.
The officials said that similar conditions will continue to prevail in the city in the coming days. The poor people on the streets have been the worst hit by the cold wave. Footpath dwellers and the poor were seen clustering around bonfires lit from dry woods, using tyres and even garbage to beat the cold.
“Though the slender sunshine gave respite in the afternoon but the cool breeze gave a chilling experience. Nights are becoming unbearable,” said an official.
Weatherman forecast that there will be no respite from the cold in the coming days. Significantly, both minimum and maximum temperatures were below normal all over the State.
“The chill has intensified because of the strong flow of the dry north-westerly. The cold wave prevailing in large parts of northern India is also adding to the crispness of weather in Jharkhand. The condition will stay for another 48 hours ,” said the duty officer at Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Kolkata.
The low-pressure trough can help in formation of clouds and bring down maximum temperatures. The chill being felt at night will then also be felt during the day.
Meanwhile as winter’s chill slowly sets in with delightfully cool breezy nights, the families from the Tibetan colonies are in the city to provide warm comfort with their woollen wears. The sudden drop in temperature during the past few weeks has increased the sale of woollen clothes and the Tibetans are a happy lot.
Around 15 families set up their stalls at the Golmuri during this time of the year to sell woollen wear like sweaters, shawls, stoles, pullovers, and sporty jackets in an enticing range of colours. “The response has gone up by 30 to 40 per cent in the past two weeks,” says Natalia, who has been coming to the city for the past 10 years.