Forty-eight hours ahead of Deepavali or Diwali, Odisha's skyline stays clouded. The whole coastal, southern and central regions of the State have an overcast sky from the morning hours of Tuesday. Will Diwali this year be clouded?
As per IMD, the overcast sky in Odisha has been due to a trough line that extends from the Arabian seas, passing through the South Andhra coast to merge in the west-central Bay of Bengal. Since troughs bring in moisture-laden low-level easterly winds, cloudy conditions have been the outcome, says an IMD analysis.
However, as per the model forecasts, the skyline in the State is likely to remain cloudy on November 3, and few places in the districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nuapada may record rainfall in the range of 1-5mm/hour. In the night hours on Nov 3, few coastal places in Ganjam and Gajapati districts may record light rainfall.
There is a forecast of rain showers during afternoon hours in the State's Capital City on Nov 3. Cuttack is unlikely to receive any shower tomorrow, but the skyline is predicted to remain partially clouded.
However, the skies in Odisha will be brimming with sunshine on Diwali day on Nov 4. But model forecasts predict heavy rainfall in Malkangiri district during the afternoon hours. Few places in Gajapati and Koraput (especially in Jeypore) districts are predicted to record a rain shower during the noon hours on Nov 4.
As the Diwali evening sets over in Odisha, the skies will not be raining even a drop across the districts.
The model forecasts, though, predict that rains will be lashing the south Odisha districts again on November 5.
The detailed forecasts predict that except for districts like Malkangiri, and to some extent Koraput, the rest of the districts will experience dry weather in Odisha from Diwali day.
Rains To Return?
As per the Met models, a low pressure area will form in the southern Bay of Bengal on and around Nov 11-12. Under the influence of the system, widespread rainfall in the range of 1-2mm is predicted in Odisha. Districts in the south and south coastal region of the State are likely to record one or two rain spells on Nov 13-14.