Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After a brief lull due to Nor’wester triggered rainfall, several places in Odisha will experience a gradual rise in day temperature by 2 to 4 degree Celsius starting from Thursday, according to a forecast by India Meteorological Department.

However, as per the prediction by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, the State will not experience severe heat wave conditions for the next five days.

Many parts of Odisha will experience light to moderate thunderstorm with gusty surface wind with a speed reaching up to 30- 40 kmph for the next two days. Moreover, some parts of the districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Khordha and Puri may witness lightning and light to moderate rainfall within the next three hours.

Meanwhile, it has been predicted that Southwest Monsoon is very likely to advance into the South Andaman Sea, and some parts of Southeast Bay of Bengal and Nicobar Islands around May 19.  This year, the southwest monsoon is likely to set in over Kerala coast on May 31.

Notably, the maximum temperature at four places in Odisha was hovering at 40 degree Celsius and above on Wednesday. Nuapada at 42.2 degree Celsius recorded the day’s highest temperature in the State.