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Monsoon expected to reach Jamshedpur after June 15, discomfort index increases to 70 degrees

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Jamshedpur, June 11: The discomfort index, which is measured on the basis of temperature, wind and relative humidity in Jamshedpur was 70 degrees, 15 notches above the normal. In places like Dhanbad, Bokaro, Deoghar, Daltonganj, Giridih and Chatra, it hovered between 65 and 68 degrees on Saturday. Hazaribagh, Koderma, Godda and  Pakur recorded a discomfort index of around 63 degrees, eight points above normal.

“A east to west trough stretched from northwest Rajasthan to Manipur across south Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal at 0.9 km above mean sea level has resulted in a shift in wind pattern. Until Saturday evening the wind pattern in most parts of Jharkhand was north-westerly, but  since last night it changed to easterly resulting in moisture into the atmosphere,” said a duty officer at IMD’s Ranchi Met Centre . He said that Monsoon is expected to hit Kolhan region only after June 15.

The Ranchi Met Centre issued a forecast of dry weather in Jharkhand in the next four days. No warnings were issued for adverse weather except for isolated thunder showers in north-eastern Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.

“We are not used to living under such heat conditions. It is perhaps for the first time that we witnessed a harsh June this season. There was a time when the mercury crossed 35 or 36, but the weather cooled with rain showers in the evening. The trends have changed. We have no choice but to reel under soaring mercury. Atleast we are happy that schools have closed from today,” a bank employee.

A duty officer at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre said, ” The cyclonic circulation over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal extending upto 0.8 Km above mean level and a  east-west trough at 0.9 km above mean sea level stretched between  eastern Jharkhand and Assam  was helping in moisture inflow. This has pushed up the discomfort index. Respite is expected only with heavy showers.”

 The morning and noon was uncomfortable in Kolhan region comprising three districts- East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan, on Saturday. Day readings in Jamshedpur hovered around 38 degrees today as compared to yesterday’s 40 degrees. Weathermen said the day readings in steel city witnessed a drop due to moisture inflow. The local weather office in Jamshedpur today recorded relative humidity of 80 per cent, which added to the discomfort.

The Ranchi Met Centre issued a forecast of dry weather in Jharkhand in the next four days. No warnings were issued for adverse weather except for isolated thunder showers in north-eastern Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.

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