Saturday, September 30, 2023

Sun plays hide and seek as Metrological department predicts cold wave

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Jamshedpur : Bright weather returned in some parts of the state even as Sun continued to play hide and seek after three days.

According to local Metrological department the Celsius, which is below normal would witness more dips in the days to come. Meanwhile, the city wore a virtually deserted look in the evening with most people preferring to stay indoors.

The officials said that similar conditions will continue to prevail in the city in the coming days. The poor people on the streets have been the worst hit by the cold wave. Footpath dwellers and poor were seen cluster around bonfires lit from dry woods, used tyres and even garbage to beat the cold.

�Though a slender sunshine gave respite in the afternoon but the cool breeze gave chilling experience. Nights are becoming unbearable,� said an official.Weatherman forecast that there will be no respite from the cold in the coming days. Significantly, both minimum and maximum temperatures were below normal all over the State.

Data available from the Patna Meteorological Office said that most parts of the state, including Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Daltonganj, were suffering with temperatures five degrees below normal.

The Alipore office also signalled at no reprieve from biting cold. �Analysis indicate formation of a low-pressure trough over south-west Bay of Bengal. If it advances towards the north-westerly side, it will also impact the day readings in Jharkhand,� the duty officer said.

The low-pressure trough can help in formation of clouds and bring down maximum temperatures. The chill being felt at night will then also be felt during the day.

Due to the impact of the twin weather system-an upper air cyclonic circulation due to a western disturbance passing through higher latitudes and another cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal, Daltonganj and its ajoining districts like Garhwa and Latehar experienced unseasonal showers, said Met officials.

Weathermen at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre this afternoon issued a warning of dense morning fog at a few isolated pockets of the state in the next three days. ” The fog will reduce the surface visibility to as low as 200 metres. Apart from visibility the minimum readings would also plummet by 2-3 degree Celsius,” said B K Mandal, director of the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

The senior Met official said that the flow of North wind which had stopped due to the twin adverse climate systems have begun. ” The north-westerly wind would continue to dominate over the state after the next 24-hours,” he said adding that would result in chilly weather condition.

The Met official said that depending on the intensity of the north-westerly wind, the minimum readings might take a further plunge resulting in a cold wave conditions in which night temperature is expected to take a dip five notches below the average normal.

The minimum also witnessed a sharp fall in Kolhan region. Jamshedpur today recorded a minimum temperature of 11.8 degree Celsius against yesterday’s 14.7 degrees. Today’s minimum reading in the steel city was two notches below the average normal. The Met office predicted a further fall in the next 24-hours.

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