Jamshedpur: The Steel City recorded the lowest temperature with the mercury reducing to 10 degree Celsius. Minimum reading in Jamshedpur was seven notches below normal. Statistics revealed that on December 31, 2007, the minimum temperature had dropped to five degree Celsius.
The maximum temperature in most places across the state also witnessed a fall of three to four notches below normal in the last 24-hours. The humidity levels also witnessed a sharp fall indicating a clear and dry weather.
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.
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.
Weathermen also hinted at an extended winter in Jharkhand keeping in view the prevailing weather conditions. “Never before the cold wave spell continued for such a long time in the state, which is an indication of an extended weather. Moreover, the wind patter which is north westerly in direction is also helping in sustaining the cold wave conditions,” explained A K Manjhi, a senior meteorologist at the Patna Met Office.
The senior Met official said that winter usually departs Jharkhand in the third week of February. But, this year it is expected to stay till the end of the month.
Meanwhile as winter’s chill slowly set 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 up 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 woolen 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.