Pradeep Pattanayak

The regional centre of India Meteorological Department in Bhubaneswar has predicted rainfall activities in some parts of Odisha from January 11 to 14. The centre has issued yellow warning for some north interior Odisha and coastal districts for four days, from January 11 to 14. 

As per the Saturday afternoon bulletin released by the centre, due to anticipated approaching Western Disturbance towards eastern India and strong moisture incursion from Bay of Bengal, one or two places of Nuapada,Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh are likely to witness light to moderate rain or thundershower during the 24 hours starting 8:30 am on January 9. 

During the following 24 hours starting 8:30 am on January 10, light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at a few places over Nuapada, Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Sundargarh, Deogarh and at one or two places over the rest of the districts of interior Odisha. 

While no warning has been issued for the above days, the MET department has issued ‘Yellow Warning’ for January 11, 12 and 13. 

The department forecast light to moderate rain or thundershower likely to be witnessed at many places of north interior Odisha, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh and at few places over the rest of the districts during the 24 hours, starting 8.30 am on January 10. For this period, ‘Yellow Warning’ has been issued for Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Deogarh as one or two places of these districts are very likely to experience thunderstorm accompanied with hail. 

For the period between 8.30 am on January 12 and 8.30 am on January 13, districts including Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Angul, Cuttack and Nayagarh have been issued ‘Yellow Warning’ as thunderstorm accompanied with hail and heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places of these districts. 

Informing about the weather condition ahead, Director, IMD’s Regional Centre, Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said, “Dry weather is most likely to prevail across the Odisha during the next 24 hours. Thereafter, many places of Odisha are most likely to experience winter rainfall activities from January 11 to 14.”

The weathermen have also estimated that the State may register an increase of two to three degree Celsius in night temperature in the next three days.