Jamshedpur : Weathermen today predicted that the cold north wind will made a comeback and that it will result in plummeting night readings in the next few days.
” As per our study 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 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 climate across Jharkhand will remain dry for the next 72-hours. ” Dry weather is most likely to prevail in Jharkhand in next three days. This will result in a further drop in minimum readings,” said D.G Hedau, a senior official at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
The Ranchi Met Centre also extended the dense fog alert at several places including Daltonganj and its adjoining districts, were early morning surface visibility was reduced to 100 metres today.
“The cold wind from the North will continue to blow till the time the high pressure belt persists. The north-westerly wind which is prevailing over Jharkhand, will prompt night temperatures to dip by at least two degrees in the next 24-hours. The downward trend is expected to continue for the next couple of days,” he said.
The senior Met official said that the minimum temperatures will again witness a slight rise after the next couple of days before taking a plunge again. ” Winter is expected to be severe in the second week when the minimum temperatures would drop to seven degree Celsius in Ranchi and several other districts which are located on higher altitudes,” he said.
Statistics revealed that on December 31, 2007, the minimum temperature had dropped to five degree Celsius.
Though temperature in the city hovered between 10 to degrees Celsius and 12 degrees Celsius in past week but it has reduced recently sending bitter chilling experiences to the people.
According to local Meteorological department the Celsius, which is seven degrees below normal would witness more dips in the days to come. Meanwhile, the city wore a virtually deserted look in the evening with most people preferring to stay indoors.