Jamshedpur, Jan 21: IMD has issued forecasts of rain on Saturday and Sunday in isolated pockets of northern and central Jharkhand in view of the impact of a western disturbance passing through northern parts of the country.
The weather office also issued an alert of moderate thunderstorm activity and hail in isolated parts of the state on Sunday. Weathermen said several parts of south-eastern and central Jharkhand were also expected to get unseasonal showers on Monday, January 24.
According to the local Meteorological department the Celsius, which is one degree 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 the poor were seen clustering around bonfires lit from dry woods, using tyres and even garbage to beat the cold.
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.
Meanwhile as winter’s chill slowly sets in with delightfully cool breezy nights, the families from the Tibetan colonies are in the city to provide warm comfort with their woollen wears. The sudden drop in temperature during the past few weeks has increased the sale of woollen clothes and the Tibetans are a happy lot.
Around 15 families set up their stalls at the Golmuri during this time of the year to sell woollen wear like sweaters, shawls, stoles, pullovers, and sporty jackets in an enticing range of colours. “The response has gone up by 30 to 40 per cent in the past two weeks,” says Natalia, who has been coming to the city for the past 10 years.
The IMD forecast has said that cloudy sky with light to moderate rain at many places over Jharkhand in the next 24 hours due to the impact. The forecast further indicated a two to three-degree rise in minimum readings in the next two days after which night readings would witness a fall.