Jamshedpur: The unusually hot conditions prevailing in the city are likely to continue for next few days. The local met office has said that there are no signs of rain in the Chotanagpur plateau area and the people
would have to wait for another 48 hours. However they admitted that a cyclonic circulation is hovering over Bihar and the adjoining areas of Jharkhand, which may result in rainfall in a day or two.
Officials at the Patna Met office, which monitors the weather condition in Jharkhand said that the dry spell is likely to be continued. The wait for rains has been extended. The officials added that Chhotanagpur plateau regions were devoid of North-westerly winds this year. The North-westerly winds usually originate from Chhotanagpur plateau and brings rain. However, this year so far the
region has been deprived of such resulting in steady rise in the maximum temperature.
“We are not used to living under such heat conditions. It is perhaps for the first time that we witnessed a harsh April this season. There was a time when the mercury crossed 35 or 36, but the weather was
cooled with rain showers in evening. The trends have changed. We have no choice but to reel under soaring mercury. Atleast we are happy that schools have closed from today,” Ramesh Shankran, a bank employee.
A duty officer at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre said, ” The cyclonic circulation over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal extending upto 0.8 Km above mean level and a east-west trough at 0.9 km above mean sea level stretched between eastern Jharkhand and Assam was helping in moisture inflow. This has pushed up the discomfort index. Respite is expected only with heavy showers.”
The morning and noon was uncomfortable in Kolhan region comprising three districts- East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan, on Sunday. Day readings in Jamshedpur hovered around 39 degrees today as compared to yesterday’s 40 degrees. Weathermen said the day readings in steel city witnessed a drop due to moisture inflow. The local weather office in Jamshedpur today recorded relative humidity of 80 per cent, which added to the discomfort.
The Ranchi Met Centre issued a forecast of dry weather in Jharkhand in the next four days. No warnings were issued for adverse weather except for isolated thunder showers in north-eastern Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.