IMD Predicts Nor'wester Rains, Squalls In Odisha

24 April 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: While pre-monsoon showers lashed several regions of Odisha on Monday, at least five districts of the State might witness torrential showers today evening. Odisha is experiencing a wind flow at a speed less than 15 kmph, from south-eastern region. As this is a moisture-laden system, the trough will result in a downpour in southern and coastal districts of the State, IMD Director Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

The aforesaid system is likely to be supported by a cycloninc circulation that has developed on Chattisgarh-Odisha border. A troughline at a height of 1.5 kilometres, extending from north-east Jharkhand to north-interior Karnataka, might lead to squalls and downpours, Sahu added.

“The Met department has issued warning for Gajapati, Ganjam, Koraput, Kandhamal and Rayagada districts. During late evening, depending on cloud expansion and retention, adjoining districts may be affected,” Sahu added. There would be no relief from the heat, as temperatures will be around 40 degrees in most parts of the State till the end of April. The coastal districts might experience lower mercury levels.

Several parts of the State experienced heavy rains accompanied by hailstorm. Keonjhar was the worst affected with electricity supply snapped and several houses damaged. This was due to a cyclonic circulation over West Assam and adjoining Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and a trough is extending from this system to up the Southern Peninsula.

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Sarat Chandra Sahu, IMD Director, Odisha