Jamshedpur: After days of reeling under scorching sun, denizens were in for a pleasant surprise as unexpected light showers hit various parts of the city on Sunday afternoon.
Sudden drizzle in parts of the city and adjoining areas has brought respite to the simmering June heat. The weather bureau had predicted cloudy skies and light rain in some areas of Chottanagpur plateau region, which will continue for the next 48 hours. The maximum temperature has reduced to two to three degree Celsius.
Meanwhile scattered to fairly widespread rain or thundershowers with isolated thunder squalls have been forecast over the Chottanagpur region until Sunday.
Animesh Chanda, the director of Patna Met office said that there had been no Nor’wester. But the cyclonic trough line stretching between Madhya Pradesh and Gangetic Bengal helped bring rain.
He said that more thundershower is likely to occur in 48 hours. “Easterly winds are dominating most parts of the state. The atmosphere is conducive for rain and storm a weather “When the wind direction changes to easterly, it causes a trough, which causes cloudy skies. It is not unusual for light rain to occur due to the trough,” he noted.
Another met official of the city said that maximum temperatures would fall by 2-3 deg Celsius during the next three days. However the cloudy weather would not affect the heat in the city. “The moisture content in the air is very high. Maximum and minimum temperatures will be above 36 degree Celsius.
People, in large numbers, ventured outdoors enjoying the breezy weather while some youngsters preferred to get drenched in the drizzle. Showers were seen in areas of Jamshedpur, Chaibasam, Chakulia and lasted more than an hour.
According to the meteorological department, chances are that these localised thunderstorms will greet the city tomorrow once again. But it would not result in heavy rain nor will it have much effect on the temperature.
Amidst Heat wave condition prevailing in Chottanagpur plateau region the mercury touched a record of the season with 44.4 degree Celsius in Jamshedpur on Thursday. An official of Patna Meteorological Office informed that the month of June is the hottest period as far in the city.
The maximum temperature will continue to rise due to the westerly winds dominating the State. Notably, Jamshedpur has a record of maximum temperature in June 1942. Data revealed that on June 11 ( today is also June 11), 1942, the steel city recorded the ever highest maximum reading of 47.2 degree Celsius.