Bhubaneswar: Residents of the capital city heaved a sigh of relief from scorching summer as a short spell of heavy rain lashed Bhubaneswar on Tuesday evening. It was the first rain of this summer that sizzled the State under unrelenting heat over the last month.
The local station of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here had predicted rains due to Nor’wester activity during this week. The IMD had issued a warning for the Kal Baisakhi (Nor’wester) in the first week of May, in most parts of Odisha.
“The maximum temperature recorded in Bhubaneswar today was 39 degrees Celcius while the relative humidity was around 67 percent. Heat and moisture availability in the atmosphere makes it conducive for Nor’wester activity leading to rainfall and thunderstorm,” said Umashankar Das, Scientist, IMD.
In southeast Uttar Pradesh, there was cyclonic circulation which aided the moisture incursion into Odisha. Besides, two trough lines extending from southeast Madhya Pradesh to interior Tamil Nadu and the other from northwest Rajasthan to Manipur influenced the rains, he added.