Jamshedpur : Steel city today recorded 9.2 degrees three notches below average normal. The meteorological department issued a dense fog alert for the next 72-hours.
Officials informed that rising humidity in the atmosphere due to the impact of a western disturbance along with a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal would result in dense fog.
“As per our study dense fog would result in visibility loss. The surface visibility might go down below 500 metres at some places early in the morning for the next three days,” said D G Hedau, a senior official of the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.
The Met official went on to say that there won’t be much significant changes in the minimum temperatures, which is presently hovering below 10 degrees in most parts of Jharkhand.
Ranchi today recorded a minimum temperature of 8.8 degree Celsius, one notch less than normal while steel city Jamshedpur recorded 9.2 degrees, three notches below the average normal. Several places like Daltonganj, Bokaro and Hazaribagh today recorded minimum temperatures of 8.2 degrees.
Meanwhile, with mercury taking a plunge below 10 degree Celsius the sale of woollen garments and room heaters has gained momentum.
The low pressure system which is developing over southeast Bay of Bengal will also reach the Odisha coast and gradually intensify.
This weather system will lead to an increase of moisture over the Indo-Gangetic plains. The combination of western disturbance and the influence of this weather system over the bay will bring scattered rains over the Indo-Gangetic plains and good snowfall over the western Himalayas, increasing the cold with steep fall in both minimum and maximum temperatures,” said the weatherman.
The chill will continue for another 48-hour due to the dominating north westerly winds, said weathermen today. “The north-westerly wind is dominating over Jharkhand and this resulted in a sharp drop in minimum temperatures acorss 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, ” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
“The situation will continue to remain the same for the next three to four days. 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.
While most people preferred to stay indoors, the poor were seen clustered around fires to keep themselves warm in the cloudy weather.