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Weather department issues heat wave alert

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Jamshedpur, April 26: With mercury shooting up across Jharkhand prompting the weather department to issue a heat wave alert in isolated pockets.

D G Hedau, a senior official of Ranchi Meteorological Centre said that in several places of southern Jharkhand including Jamshedpur, the day temperature today recorded four notches above normal they have issued an alert of heat wave.

“The state is in the grip of dry westerly winds, which are pushing up day temperatures. The rising trend of temperature is likely to continue for the next 72-hours as we don’t see any rain relief in today’s chart analysis,” said. On Monday, the steel city had recorded 43 degree Celsius. The maximum readings in neighbouring Chaibasa ( West Singhbhum) and Ghatshila ( East Singhbhum) also soared to over 43 degree Celsius today.

The local IMD observatory in the Palamau headquarters today recorded 42.4 degree Celsius against yesterday’s 41.8 degrees. Maximum readings in other places like Koderma, Giridih, Jamtara, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Hazaribagh also witnessed a rising trend today due to the dominating westerly winds.

Weathermen pointed out that the Celsius surge contrasted with a sharp fall in minimum relative humidity today was resulting in dry heat at several places.

Loo, the dry wind that normally sweeps through the plains during this time of the season, today prevailed in Jamshedpur and some other places in the afternoon.

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