Jamshedpur : The meteorological department has declared an onset of winter in the State with night readings around 10 degree Celsius in Bokaro and Giridih and staying below 13 degree Celsius in most parts of the state. Jamshedpur today recorded a minimum temperature.
According to the department, it is winter in the State if night readings stay below 13 degree Celsius at a stretch for three consecutive days.
Weathermen said that conducive wind pattern and drop in relative humidity has resulted in increasing chill. “Dry north-westerly wind is dominating over Jharkhand, which has prompted night temperatures to dip . The downward trend is expected to continue for another 48-hours or so,” said D G Hedau, a senior official at IMD’s Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
He went on to add that the north-westerly wind is dominating over Jharkhand and this resulted in a sharp drop in minimum temperatures across Jharkhand during the last 48-hours.
The downward trend is expected to continue at a few places while districts located in the north would witness slight rise in minimum temperatures due to another approaching western disturbance which is resulting in light moisture incursion into the atmosphere.
As per Met statistics Bokaro and its adjoining areas recorded the season’s lowest minimum so far on Friday. The mercury read 10.1 degree Celsius against yesterday’s 14.4 degree Celsius.
The Celsius drop today was six notches below the normal average. The night readings plunged to 10.3 degree Celsius at Giridih, the neighbouring district of Bokaro. Today night temperature in Giridih was seven notches below the normal.
Met officials confirmed that cold condition was prevailing in the steel city and in the entire Kolhan region.
Districts like Bokaro , Simdega, Deoghar, Giridih and Koderma felt the jitters too.
“The situation will continue to remain the same for the next three to four days. There will be no respite from the cold. The westerlies blowing will keep the weather cold for the next two days at least,” said an official of local meteorological department.
On the other hand Sun played hide and seek during the day. While most people preferred to stay indoors, the poor were seen clustered around fires to keep themselves warm in the cloudy weather.