Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 30:
With most parts of Odisha experiencing the first real spell of monsoon rain since Sunday night, the weather department has predicted more of it in the state, especially in the coastal districts, in the next 24 hours.
It has also predicted the possibility of a low pressure formation during this period.
The IMD bulletin this evening said the upper air cyclonic circulation over coastal areas of Bangladesh and neighbourhood extending upto 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwards with height persists. Under its influence, a low pressure area may form during the next 24 hours.
“The monsoon is gradually moving inside interior Odisha, which would receive more rainfall in the next 72 hours”, said the local Met office in a release here this evening.
“There is a trough line stretching from Rajasthan up to the Bay of Bengal while there is a cyclonic circulation over the Bangladesh coast. As a result, there would be more rainfall in Odisha in the next 24 hours. Besides, heavy rainfall is likely at one or two places in the coastal districts during the period”, said Sarat Sahu, director of Meteorological Centre.
He, however, informed that although there was a moderate rainfall in most parts of the state since Sunday night, the amount of rainfall has been 56 percent less than normal.
Meanwhile, rainfall recorded till 5.30 this evening was highest in Keonjhar with 40 mm followed by Cuttack (37), Baleswar (36), Bhubaneswar (34.8), Paradip (32), Baripada (27), Puri (17), Chandbali (15) and Dhenkanal (10).