Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar predicted heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm in several interior as well as coastal parts of the State till February 9.

“Thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of coastal Odisha, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur on February 6,” said the latest Bhubaneswar IMD bulletin.

The IMD also warned of dense fog in one or two places over the districts of Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput and Malkangiri tomorrow.

The officials have issued thunderstorm and lightning warning in Coastal Odisha districts and other districts like- Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur for next 24 hours. Similarly, dense fog alert has been issued for Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput and Malkangiri.

This apart, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Baragarh, Nuapada, Sonepur, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada districts are likely to experience rainfall and thunderstorm on February 7.

Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsingpur, Kandhamal, Nayagarh and Balangir districts will experience thunderstorms with lightning on Saturday, added the bulletin.

Similar warning has been issued for Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Puri, Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal and Kalahandi on Febryary 9.

With unseasonal rain lashing the State since Tuesday, cold wave conditions are likely to return to Odisha from February 9.

“Though there will be no change in the weather for two-three days due to cloud cover, temperature will come down by two-three degrees in the State after February 9,” informed Duty officer of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, Charan Behera.

Meanwhile, the unseasonal rains have added to the woes of the farmers who had gathered their paddy stocks at several mandis across the State.

After receiving the token for paddy procurement, quintals of paddy of around 30 farmers, who were waiting for the procurement at Khatakhatia mandi under Kantamal block in Boudh district, were damaged due to the untimely showers. Similarly, paddy stocks of 40 farmers at Balichhada mandi under Junagarh block of Kalahandi district were also damaged in the rain.