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Mercury dips across Jharkhand as winter sets

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Ranchi, Dec 13: The State Capital, Ranchi is witnessing chilly days as the minimum temperature of the city has dipped below the normal minimum temperature.

The maximum temperature in most places across the state also witnessed a fall of three to four notches below normal in the last 24-hours.

The humidity levels also witnessed a sharp fall indicating a clear and dry weather. 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 situation will continue to remain the same for the next three to four days.

The senior Met official said that winter usually departs Jharkhand in the third week of February. But, this year it is expected to stay till the end of the month.

The sudden dip in temperature caught people unawares and as a result many fell ill owing to cold and cough. Rahul Nayak, a college student, said: “I caught severe cold because of the sudden change of weather.

Three days ago, it was bright and sunny in the daytime but the temperature dropped really low at night and I was not carrying a windcheater.”

Now, people are seen carrying sweaters and jackets while travelling at night. There will be no respite from the cold wave. The westerlies blowing will keep the weather cold for the next two days at least,” said an official of local meteorological department.

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