Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 18:
The Southwest Monsoon set in over coastal Odisha today, covering mainly the coastal districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore, besides some parts of the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and also some portions of adjoining interior districts of Jajpur, Keonjhar & Maurbhanj, the Meteorological office said here today.
The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) passes through Lat. 21°N / Long. 60°E, Lat.21°N / Long. 65°E, Veraval, Surat, Sangli, Bellary, Nandyal, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Bankura, Darbhanga and Raxaul.
Conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into remaining parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and some parts of Telangana, Chattisgarh, Vidarbha and east Uttar Pradesh during next 48 hours, the Met office said in a bulletin released at noon.
While several parts of the state, including Bhubaneswar, experienced pre-monsoon rainfall yesterday, the state will receive extensive rainfall in the next 24 hours under the influence of a cyclonic ring in the north-west Bay of Bengal.
The monsoon is likely to cover all parts of the state in the next 48 hours. With the onset of the monsoon temperature will drastically come down in the state during the period”, Dr Sarat Sahu, director Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, told the media.
A good monsoon is crucial for the state which has an agrarian economy and a majority of the work force engaged in the agriculture sector.
Odisha is country’s seventh largest producer of paddy.