Jamshedpur: The searing heat wave in the city has with no sign of the mercury coming down from the 43 to 44 degrees Celsius. The weather office said the minimum temperature hovered between 40 and 43 degrees Celsius while the humidity count was more than 80 per cent.
Power cuts for long stretches are only adding to the woes of the residents who are having to do with an acute shortage of drinking water as rivers, ponds and wells have gone dry.
All though, Jamshedpur has been experiencing hot summer for last several years but this time the denizens are realising the heat in the month of June.
“The arrival of monsoon in Jharkhand has been delayed to June 10 and no rain is expected for the next 48 hours. The maximum temperature for Thursday is also expected to hover around 42 degrees Celsius and minimum is expected to remain around 27 degrees Celsius,” an official of local met office said.
The city has been sweltering for the past few days with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and wearing a deserted look. Frequent power cuts have added to the woes of residents. Passengers and commuters have been worst hit with hot winds blowing during the day.
According to meteorological officials, the lack of thunderstorm activity that precedes the monsoon showers, could be the reason that temperatures are five to six degrees above the norm. People are eagerly awaiting the onset of the monsoon season.
Sources informed that there will be no respite from the sizzling condition at least in the next 48 hours. The meteorological department has also warned of a heat wave condition in various parts of the State as there is no possibility of rainfall in the next three days.
“The month of May is the hottest period as far in the city. The maximum temperature will continue to rise due to the westerly winds dominating the State. We find no signs of rain in the chart analysis.
People have to wait for the rain,” noted an official at Sonari meteorological office. He added that the dry westerly and northwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal are making the temperature rise.
Hot surface winds coupled with frequent power breakdowns in regular interval added to the woes of people already reeling under intense heat. The maximum temperature in the city is hovering around 40 degrees Celsius from past one month.
Residents are complaining of unscheduled power cuts. As temperatures soared, parts of the city under the Jharkhand State Electricity Board ( JSEB) has been experiencing regular power cuts due to shortage of power supply from Tenughat Vidhut Nigam Limited. For example, neighbourhoods in Jugsalai, Parsudih, Baghbear and Mango complained of nearly six hours of power cut.
Meanwhile, curfew-like situation prevails in the city during the day as the denizens stayed indoors till the evening due to the sweltering heat.
Heat waves and sultry weather scare vehicle riders and pedestrians, and it resulted in roads wearing a deserted look during the day. Cases of sun stroke are on the rise in the last two weeks as the temperature shoots up.