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Pre Monsoon rain lashes Jamshedpur 

Jamshedpur, May 27: Thunderstorms and lightning struck the city on Friday. Dark clouds hovered above the cityscape around 5 pm and gusty winds followed, resulting in heavy rain.

Officials in the department said monsoon is likely to hit the city in the coming days and the thunderstorms were a precursor to this.

“The pre-monsoon showers usually come a week ahead of the actual monsoon rain and so far the monsoon looks to be on track,” said an official. Jamshedpur has witnessed high temperatures in the past week, with the day temperature in many places crossing 44 degrees Celsius.

With cloud build-up and increased humidity, the Meteorological Department forecasts occasional pre-monsoon showers to provide relief for the citizens of the coast from the soaring mercury levels.

After nearly one week of rising heat levels, rains are back in the district. While there was drizzle reported on the outskirts of Jamshedpur, the office has recorded nearly 3mm of rainfall at their gauge in the city.

However, with the maximum temperature hovering around 42 degree Celsius, and cloud build up increasing humidity to 92 per cent (nearly 14 per cent higher than the normal recorded), the day remained hot and muggy for citizens here.

The cyclonic circulation over Jharkhand and adjoining Odisha and West Bengal is expected to become more marked and will increase rains over Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar. Due to this system and the anti-cyclone over Bay of Bengal, moist winds will be pushed towards Northeast India resulting in rains. Thus, cities of Kolkata, Ranchi, Jamshedpur are expected to see some rains.

Statistics from the meteorological department revealed that the state received an average rainfall of around 50 mm between March and May so far this year. Kolhan topped the list, with Jamshedpur alone experiencing 197.4mm during these three months. Like Jamshedpur, Chaibasa in adjoining West Singhbhum too received a good spell of rainfall, the March-May total being 65mm.

With cloud build-up and increased humidity, the Meteorological Department forecasts occasional pre-monsoon showers to provide relief for the citizens of the coast from the soaring mercury levels.

After nearly one week of rising heat levels, rains are back in the district. While there was drizzle reported on the outskirts of Jamshedpur, the office has recorded nearly 3 mm of rainfall at their gauge in the city. Officially, the arrival of monsoon is declared when a place records nearly 3 mm of pre-monsoon rainfall for three consecutive days.

According to statistics available at the regional meteorological office, last year, the first spell of monsoon arrived in the state on June 16 while neighbouring West Bengal experienced it a day before.

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