Bhubaneswar: Nor'wester rains accompanied by wind with speed reaching up to 50 -60 km per hour is likely to occur at several places in Odisha in the next 24 hours, the latest prediction by the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar revealed.
Rains and hailstones are likely to lash Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Deogarh, Boudh and Sonepur districts of the State, said Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre.
"The intensity of rain is likely to be more in north Odisha as compared to southern parts of the State. Apart from this, temperature in interior parts of the State is likely to hover below 40 degrees Celsius," Sahu forecasted.
The Nor'wester rains will occur under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over West Bengal and Bangladesh and wind flow from the south-west direction.
A trough line from Rajasthan to Jharkhand through north Chhattisgarh is also likely to encourage rain, he added.
"The condition is likely to persist till April 13," the official pointed out.
As per reports, Jamankira of Sambalpur recorded maximum rainfall of 67.2 mm in last 24 hours.
Moreover, the met office also issued a thunderstorm alert for 11 districts of Odisha till 8 PM today.