Ranchi: The state on Thursday experienced gusty wind and thunderstorms, providing relief to citizens from the scorching daytime temperatures. The India Meterological Department ( IMD ), Ranchi, said moisture bearing wind from the Bay of Bengal brought the weather change and predicted increase in lightning accompanied by light to moderate rain at isolated places in several districts in the next three days.
The city recorded a maximum 33.8°C on Thursday as compared to 39.8°C on Wednesday. Several places, including Gumla and Khunti, also witnessed dip in daytime temperatures.
IMD Ranchi director S D Kotal said, “After a dry spell post the Amphan cyclone, the moisture from Bay of Bengal and its interaction with the westerlies are leading to cloud and thunderstorm activities. Similar condition will remain in the state till May 31.”
In its two-week overview of the state’s weather, the IMD said light to moderate rain is likely at isolated places in the next seven days. It further said rainfall is also likely to take place at a few or many places in the second week. The maximum and minimum temperatures will also remain below normal in between June 5 and 11, it added.
In the first half of the current week, westerly and north-westerly wind prevailed in most parts of the state, causing heat wave conditions in Palamau, Chatra and Latehar.