Bhubaneswar: Odisha is witnessing pre-monsoon showers and the conditions are now favourable for south-west monsoon to advance in the state.
According to Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre director H.R. Biswas, a low-pressure area is likely to build over north Bay of Bengal in the next few days and this system will help the monsoon advance.
“The onset of monsoon over Odisha is likely within a week,” he said.
Rainfall and thunderstorm activities triggered by a northwest-southeast trough, which some parts of Odisha are experiencing, are likely to continue for the next two days, Biswas said.
Earlier, Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea had weakened advancement of monsoon towards other parts of the country from Kerala, which received rains on June 8 after a week’s delay. “The monsoon was earlier expected to arrive in Odisha by June 16, but got delayed following disturbance in the pattern, as the Arabian Sea branch supports advancement of the Bay of Bengal branch. The monsoon is now likely to hit the state’s coast in the third week of June,” he said.