Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 16:

With several parts of Odisha experiencing pre-monsoon rainfall in the last 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted the onset of monsoon in next 24-48 hours in the state.


According to the Regional Meteorological Office here, the monsoon would likely hit some parts of coastal Odisha in next 24 hours and the entire state in next 48 hours.

“There are two cyclonic circulations over Bangladesh and Andhra Pradesh coast under the influence of which the weather is cloudy and rainfall has occurred at several parts of the state. The onset of monsoon is likely in the next 24-48 hours,” Director IMD, Odisha Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

Overcast conditions since Wednesday and rainfall on Thursday has brought down the temperature significantly, providing much-needed relief from the high humidity.

Notably, a trough line is extending from northern plains to North Bay of Bengal across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal which is triggering pre-monsoon rains in Odisha and the adjoining areas.

On Thursday morning, Paradip received the highest rainfall at 58.4 mm followed by Keonjhar with 28.4 mm, Phulbani and Cuttack at 21 mm each. Though the amount of rainfall in Twin City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was low as compared to other parts, the mercury plummeted with the cities registering 30.4 and 31 degree Celsius today.

The capital city today received 5.5 mm rainfall.