Bhubaneswar: After a prolonged wait, the southwest monsoon on Friday hit the Odisha coast.
Informing this to the media, senior scientist of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said the monsoon will trigger widespread rainfall across the state in the next 48 hours.
The IMD in its mid-day weather bulletin said that the southwest monsoon has covered the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and some parts of Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Angul and Keonjhar.
“A low-pressure area over the northeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood now lies over north Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal while the associated cyclonic circulation extends up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting in the southwest direction. Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement of the southwest monsoon into the remaining parts of Odisha during the next 48 hours,” the bulletin added.
The IMD has also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh, Bhadrak, Sambalpur, Sundargarh and isolated heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Khurda, Ganjam and Puri on June 21 and 22 and Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Nuapada, Sonepur, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Kalahandi and Kandhamal on June 23.