Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur continued to reel under severe heat conditions with temperature soaring to 44.4 degrees Celsius in the city, Met officials said. On Wednesday the maximum temperature recorded in the city was 43.5 degree Celsius, but today it rose to 44.4 which was more than seven degree than the normal temperature and hottest day of the season.
�The severe heat conditions are due to westerly to northwesterly winds which are prevailing at lower levels over the region. Heat wave conditions would continue to prevail in parts of Chottanagpur region during the next two days,” said the officials.
The officials added that added that the dry westerly and northwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal is making the temperature rise.
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.
�The arrival of monsoon in Jharkhand has been delayed to June 20 and no rain is expected for the next 48 hours. The maximum temperature for Wednesday is also expected to hover around 43 degrees Celsius and minimum is expected to remain around 28 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.