RANCHI: Though a western disturbance in form of a trough exists in the mid and upper tropospheric level along with cyclonic circulation over Bihar and its neighborhood, there is hardly any respite in sight from the existing heatwave condition in Jharkhand.
On Wednesday, Daltonganj sizzled at 44.7 degrees Celsius while Jamshedpur recorded 43.1 degrees Celsius and Ranchi recorded 40.6 degrees C.
Almost all weather stations in the state have recorded maximum temperatures above the 40-degrees C mark during the past 24 hours with the exception of Sahebganj which recorded 38.5 degrees Celsius. Giridih at 41.9 degrees Celsius recorded the maximum departure of 6.2 notches from normal temperature.
Most weather stations are also recording higher than normal minimum temperatures.
During the next 72 hours, the Met department has predicted heatwave conditions in isolated parts of the state. On Thursday, seven districts, including Ranchi, East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Garhwa, Palamu, Chatra, Koderma and Giridih are likely to experience loo — hot and dry wind conditions — while on Friday it is likely to further extend to Dhanbad. On Saturday, slight cooling effect is expected in some parts due to surface winds and the heatwave would be confined to Garhwa, Palamu and Chatra.
The IMD bulletin released on Wednesday afternoon has hinted rainfall activity accompanied with surface wind upto the speed of 40-50 km in the eastern parts of the state. Thundershowers are likely to lower the maximum temperature in some parts for a brief period.