Severe cold wave for two days more

There is little warmth to look forward to with the Patna Meteorological Office on Thursday forecasting that the cold wave over Jharkhand would continue for at least another 48 hours.

The present cold wave, the third of the season, has been prevailing for the last 72 hours. Meteorologists said with no signs of change in the wind pattern and in the absence of any adverse condition, the cold wave will continue for another two days.

"Cold wave condition will prevail as Jharkhand is in the grip of dry north-westerly winds which brings down minimum temperatures. The cold wave condition has been extended for another 48 hours while severe cold wave conditions would prevail at a few pockets for the next 24 hours," said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Meteorological Office.

At several places including Koderma, Hazaribagh, Deoghar and Latehar, minimum temperatures fell in the last 24 hours while in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj, where minimum readings had touched the season's lowest on Wednesday, showed an upward trend.

Ranchi recorded a minimum temperature of 8�C, up three degrees from Wednesday. The minimum temperature in the capital was still two degrees below normal.

The local weather office at Jamshedpur recorded a minimum temperature of 6.4�C, from Wednesday's 5.5�C, still a good six notches below normal. Severe cold wave conditions prevailed in the steel city.

Daltonganj, where the mercury had plunged to 3.2�C, on Thursday recorded 5.1�C. Severe cold wave conditions prevailed in Palamau too with the minimum reading six points below normal. Minimum temperatures hovered between 5.5�C and 8�C at places like Bokaro, Dhanbad and adjoining areas.

On January 12, 2011 Jamshedpur had recorded 5.4�C. Last year, the lowest temperature recorded by the local Met office was on January 15 when the night temperature clocked 6.2�C. Last year cold wave conditions had prevailed for over two weeks at a stretch in January.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, said conditions were favourable for a further plunge in minimum temperatures. "The entire state is in the grip of north-westerly winds, which is resulting in a Celsius slide," said a duty officer at the Alipore office.