Jamshedpur, Feb. 10: The North Wind came back to torment the state as predicted, with temperatures plummeting to sub-10 in capital Ranchi.
While Ranchi and Daltonganj shivered at 9�C and 8.1�C respectively, the minimum temperature in Kanke, which had touched freezing point in January, plunged to a numbing 6.9�C.
Today's minimum in the capital was five degrees below normal. Yesterday, Ranchi had recorded 10.6�C, a sharp drop from Friday's 14.6�C. The minimum in Daltonganj was also six notches below normal. Yesterday, the Palamau Met office had recorded 8.9�C, a plunge of about eight degrees from the previous day's 16.9�C.
Cold conditions prevailed in Jamshedpur too, which recorded a minimum of 10.4�C, four notches below normal.
Minimum temperatures also plummeted in Hazaribagh, Khunti, Latehar, Koderma, Chatra, Simdega and Deoghar. In Dhanbad and Bokaro, minimum readings witnessed a marginal fall in the past 48 hours.
"The cold north-westerly current, which had been weak due to the western disturbance, has picked up momentum. This resulted in falling temperatures across the state," Patna Meteorological Office director A.K. Sen told The Telegraph.
A western disturbance and a low pressure trough line over the region was blocking the northerly wind, resulting in the recent Celsius surge.
With the sky clearing and relative humidity falling as a result, the minimum reading was likely to drop by another couple of degrees in next 24 hours. However, the chill will not persist for long.