Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
The southwest monsoon, which hit the South Odisha today, is expected to cover the entire state in the next 2-3 days, the local Met office said today.
“The severe cyclonic storm Ashooba, formed over the Arabian Sea a couple of days ago had weakened yesterday and further weakened into a low pressure this morning. However, it has had no effect on the southwest monsoon which has made further advance into some parts of the country like North Arabian Sea, South Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, some parts of Vidharbh, South Chhattisgarh, South Odisha, all parts of Telangana, most parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, northwest and northeast of Bay of Bengal, northeastern states, Sikkim and some parts of West Bengal”, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, Dr Sarat Sahu told the media here.
He said the condition is favourable for more rainfall in Odisha due to formation of a trough line today stretching from East Uttar Pradesh up to the northwest of Bay of Bengal through South Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal.
“Under its influence, there is a possibility of more rainfall in most parts of the state today with a warning of heavy rainfall at one or places in the interior districts. Besides, there is a possibility of nor’wester at some places in north interior and coastal districts. There would be more rainfall in most parts of the state in the next 24 hours”, he added.
Stating that the south and interior districts would receive more rainfall, Sahu said the condition would prevail till June 22 as the monsoon is most likely to strengthen from June 16 onwards.
“The humidity level in the upper atmosphere is 70-80% which is favourable for nor’wester and thundershower,” he added.
The temperature in the state capital came down further today as thundershower lashed the city for more than an hour in the afternoon. Power went out in most parts of the city due to severe lightning.