Jamshedpur : After showing an upward trend for past days, mercury is taking a nosedive as people woke up to a cold morning after a few days of welcome warmth.
The Weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky for tomorrow with fog in the morning. Minimum temperatures, after showing upward trend for past few days, dropped in various parts of the state too.
Weathermen said that the minimum readings will be around a feverish 10 degree Celsius across the state in the next 24- hours, due to favourable wind pattern and plummeting relative humidity. Sharp gusts of the north-westerly, coupled with a high-pressure gradient, dragged down minimum temperatures across the state today.
�Jharkhand is in the grip of a high-pressure belt, which has caused a plunge in minimum readings. The weather condition is likely to continue for another 24- hours,� confirmed B.K. Mandal, director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
The high-pressure belt is a system in which wind moves from high pressure zone to low pressure region, thus bringing down the relative humidity, which, in turn, causes temperatures to drop.
Director of Patna Meteorological Centre, A.K.Sen said that the high pressure belt is persisting in the entire Central India and this has impacted weather condition of Jharkhand alongwith other neighbouring states like West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
“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,” said Sen.
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.