JHARKHAND: The State Meteorological centre has issued an alert for fog and mist over Jharkhand in the next 24-hours. Minimum temperatures also rose in most parts of the state due to the cloud cover. As per Met statistics, most places recorded minimum readings of four to five notches above normal.
Abhishek Anand, deputy director of Ranchi Meteorological centre said on Saturday that the prevailing anti-cyclonic circulation was resulting in heavy moisture incursion in the atmosphere. “This would result in mist and foggy conditions, especially early in the morning for the next 24-hours,”
He went on to say that Saturday’s satellite pictures also indicated a cyclonic circulation over interior Odisha which would impact Jharkhand’s weather. The surface visibility was inadequate in various parts of the state, including Jamshedpur and other districts of Kolhan and the Santhal Pargana region due to heavy mist since Saturday morning.
Jamshedpur and several other places, including Bokaro, Giridih and Chaibasa in West Singhbhum, also experienced rain on Saturday. The local IMD observatory in Jamshedpur recorded 4.6 mm rain while Bokaro recorded 8 mm.
Neighbouring Kharsawan recorded 7mm rain while Chaibasa in West Singhbhum recorded 21.2 mm in the last 24 hours ( 8.30 am of Friday to 8.30 am of Saturday ). Several places on the outskirts of Ranchi, Giridih, Jamtara and Khunti experienced light showers too.
IMD’s Patna Met Centre also issued an alert of early morning fog in Jharkhand during the next 24 hours which would reduce surface visibility. Even, the forecast from the Patna office indicated dry and clear weather in most parts of the state from Monday, November 23. It predicted a fall in minimum temperatures by 3 to 5 degree Celsius during the next four days in state.