Nippy nights say adieu, winter to follow

Jamshedpur, Jan. 15: So much so for New Year chill thrill.

Weathermen today indicated that winter was in its last phase, making an early exit from Jharkhand in 2013, and the nip in the air won't return again this season.

They also signalled a cloudy sky on January 19 ' the day India plays England in Ranchi in a crucial match of their ODI series ' but fortunately without a rain dampener.

Patna Meteorological Office said strong westerly winds had propelled the mercury to rise in most parts of the state in the past 24 hours. Director A.K. Sen said except for capital Ranchi, which has an altitude advantage, other parts of Jharkhand would witness a rise in temperatures.

"Though winter will continue for a few more weeks, the chill won't make a comeback. Temperatures will go up further once easterly winds dominate after the next 48 hours," Sen said.

The senior Met official, however, did not rule out the possibility of adverse weather around this weekend owing to the impact of a western disturbance currently hovering over eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too hinted at an early exit. "Normally, winter leaves Jharkhand in the first week of February. But this year, it will withdraw early," said a duty officer.

The prevailing westerly winds have, meanwhile, pushed up the Celsius across the state. The local weather office in Jamshedpur today recorded a minimum of 12�C against yesterday's 10.2�C. The reading was a notch above average normal.

The night reading in capital Ranchi, however, fell to 10.6�C from 11.4�C yesterday. The day reading saw a rise though. Against yesterday's 24.8�C, the maximum temperature today was 25.8�C.

Maximum temperatures in Bokaro, Koderma, Hazaribagh and Deoghar too witnessed a rise in 24 hours. The night readings also increased in Bokaro, Deoghar and districts of Santhal Pargana.

In weather parlance, winter exists if night readings stay below 13�C. In most districts of Jharkhand, the minimum is expected to cross this mark in the next few days. Statistics revealed that Jamshedpur had recorded 6.2�C on January 15 last year, while Ranchi stayed between 5�C and 8�C. The minimum had crossed the 13�C mark only after January 20.

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