OST Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
If you are wondering about the sudden rise in temperature in Bhubaneswar and its adjoining areas in the last couple of days, here is the reason.
The good news is, you can hope for a few showers in the next few days, which is bound to bring the temperatures back to more tolerable proportions.
Temperature in the Odisha capital, which had been hovering around the 29-32 degrees centigrade since the beginning of February, shot up to 36.7 degrees on Saturday before falling marginally on Sunday to 36.3 degrees.
Jharsusguda and Balasore have also been grappling with temperatures of around 33 degrees. Kolkata in neighbouring West Bengal has also recorded a maximum of 31⁰C.
Warm weather in Odisha is nothing new, but temperatures soaring to above 35 degrees Celsius at this time of the year is surely not something that is common.
“This rise has mostly been because of hot and humid winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal. Maximums are expected to remain high for another 24 to 48 hours till rain occurs and brings some relief. We are expecting rain to occur in Odisha as well as in parts of Sub Himalayan West Bengal in 36 to 48 hours, i.e. on the 11th and 12th of February”, says a senior meteorologist at Skymet Weather.
Some of the cities expected to experience thundershower are Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and Balasore in Odisha and Kolkata in West Bengal.
As rain occurs and cloud cover increases, minimums which are currently between 17⁰C to 19⁰ C, could rise to settle around 21⁰C. Nights could be breezy with winds blowing at a speed of 10 to 12 kmph along the coastal stations, the weatherman said.