Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 16:
After remaining weak during the first half of September, monsoon rains have picked up in Odisha owing to the low pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal in the last few days. The low pressure continues to stay above Southern Odisha as it moves inland triggering rainfall throughout the state.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over interior Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over coastal Odisha within next 24 hours,” predicted Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) in Bhubaneswar .
Private weather forecasting agency Skymet predicted “Light to moderate rain and thundershowers at some places with heavy rain and thundershowers over isolated parts are likely over Odisha during the next 24 hours”.
“Rainfall has been experienced in most places of Odisha with heavy to very heavy and with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over South-Interior Odisha and heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over South-Coastal Odisha,” RMC wrote on its website.
Rainfall has picked up intensity in the last 24 hours in most parts of Southern Odisha as per reports from both the agencies. While Koraput witnessed 20.5 cm of rainfall, Bhawanipatna witnessed 21.6 cm and Tentulikhunti Arg of Nabarangpur district received a whopping 28 cm of rain.
Among other important places of the state, Muniguda received 26 cm, Bhawanipatna 22 cm, Daringibadi 15 cm, Jeypore 14 cm, Titlagarh 9 cm, Umarkote 9 cm, Baliguda 7 cm, Nayagarh 7 cm, Bolangir 7 cm rainfall.
The continuedl rain has brought cheers to the farmers in 15 of the districts that experienced deficit rainfall this year and were on the verge of an imminent drought. However, in many other places, the threat of flood is looming large. Some parts of southern Odisha are already flooded.
The highest maximum temperature of 33.3 Degree Celcius was recorded at Hirakud and the lowest minimum temperature of 21.5 Degree Celcius at Sundargarh and Keonjhar in the last 24 hours.