Bokaro: Frosty weather which returned with prevailing cold waves and dense fog has affected normal life here. The district is observing the coldest night of the season these days. A local weather predictor, observed minimum temperature plummeting to 7 degrees Celsius while maximum falling to 13 degrees.
“The cold and chilly winter this year is due to the prevailing La Nina condition which is a weather phenomenon caused due to the cooling of the Pacific Ocean. This has led to the drop in temperature and long spells of cold. Also, the western disturbances brought rains and snowfall in the first week of January which has also impacted the weather,” said M Mohapatra, director general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The decline in mercury in Bokaro has raised concern for poor families. The district administration has distributed blankets and arranged firewood at many points in the city. Meanwhile the exercise of Jawaharlal Nehru Biological (JNB) Park staff to protect animals and birds from the chill this winter is being carried.