Vikash Sharma

The southwest monsoon is now going through a weak phase in Odisha. The dry spell has led to apprehensions in some parts of the state which have received deficient rainfall in the Shravan month so far.

At present, the people in several parts of Odisha are facing problems due to rise in maximum temperature (day temperature) and excess humid conditions for the past three days.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is no possibility of a major rainfall in the state in the next 4 to 5 days.

IMD senior scientist RK Jenamani on Monday said, “There is a possibility of formation of a low pressure system by August 6 or August 7, 2022.”

Seasonal cumulative rainfall realized between June 1 and August 1, 2022 is 512.2mm against its normal value of 560.6mm. During the period, two districts of the state received excess rainfall, five districts in deficient and rest 23 in normal category.

Till August 5, there is no possibility of heavy rainfall in Odisha. According to Jena, southern parts of the Odisha will experience rainfall activities under the influence of the low pressure system.

“Already the state has witnessed deficient rainfall of 8 percent so far. In June, there was deficient rainfall of 37 percent but the rainfall activities increased in July due to formation of two low pressure systems on July 4 and July 9, 2022,” said Jenamani.

Jenamani further said that a forecast will be issued today and the rainfall probability in August and September will be released.