Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 10:
While the weather conditions remaining unchanged in most parts of Odisha today, the local Met office has predicted increased rainfall in the state in the next 48 hours from June 12.
Meanwhile, heat wave persisted in the western Odisha districts as temperature went past 40 degree or above in five places.
While Hirakud recorded the highest temperature of 43 degree Celsius, it was 40.3 in Jharsuguda, 42.4 in Sambalpur, 41.2 in Bhawanipatna and 41 degree in Titlagarh.
On the other hand, the coastal districts went through very uncomfortable humid conditions with the maximum average of over 80 percent.
Too early to predict very poor rainfall or drought
Briefing newsmen here this evening, director IMD, Bhubaneswar, Dr Sarat Sahu said though the arrival of southwest monsoon in the state would be delayed by a day or two, most parts of the state would receive pre-monsoon showers from June 12 onwards.
Citing the report of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) that the rainfall in the country this year would be ‘below normal’, he said the whole country including Odisha would receive less rainfall during July and August due to the El Nino effect.
“The rainfall in Odisha this year would be inconsistent”, he added.
However, Dr Sahu said it may be too early to predict a drought in the state for, although all the drought years are El Nino years, the reverse is not true. Secondly, the El Nino condition is in a neutral state now and though there are 70% chances that it could become effective, there is no certainty about it.
The El Nino effect is felt , he said, when the normal Sea Surface Temperature (SST) is warmer than normal in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. But there are instances when Odisha has received normal or more than normal rainfall in the El Nino years such as in 1994, 2006 and 2009.