Bhubaneswar: For the people of Odisha, some relief from the roasting heat is apparently in sight. The heatwave will make an exit by the weekend. The moot point here is it making an exit for all time to come?
With the stopping of the flow of north-westerly wind to Odisha and the simultaneous incursion of sea breeze to the mainland of the State, Met scientists predict no heatwave in the State till April 10.
A THUNDEROUS WEEKEND?
While the weekend in Bhubaneswar will see a light overcast sky, lightning is predicted at isolated places bordering the districts of Rayagada, Kalahandi and Koraput, a forecast by ECMWF reveals. The forecast adds that few places in Gajapati and Ganjam may also witness lightning activities on Saturday.
As per IMD, isolated places across the State will record rain and thunderstorm till April 5 (Monday).
APRIL 3: During the hours of 2-3 pm, rain accompanied by lightning will lash the places in districts of Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Cuttack and places in Khurda bordering Ganjam district.
By the evening hours (around 6 PM), the scene will move to places in districts like Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur and Dhenkanal.
APRIL 4: The coastal and central region of the State will see widespread lightning and rain around 2 pm. The Capital City will also witness lightning and rain during 2-4 pm.
APRIL 5: At around 4 pm, places in Khurda and Ganjam districts may see lightning activities, says an ECMWF forecast.
DRY days will prevail in the State till the evening of April 9.
APRIL 9: The forecast is some places in the districts of Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal and Deogarh will see lightning and rain at around 4 pm in the evening.
APRIL 10: Odisha is predicted to record widespread lightning and rain at few places in the districts of Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Khurdha, including Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Dhenkanal, Deogarh and Balangir. The time is predicted at around 1-4 pm.
WILL HEATWAVE MAKE A COMEBACK IN APRIL?
As per the country's niche ocean research organisation, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology's, CGEPS (MME) forecast, southern Odisha will witness heatwave like conditions on April 7.
The prediction shows that coastal districts like Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and some interior places in the State may record temperature of around 40deg C during the period of April 13-16.
No forecast of heatwave prediction for the coastal region, including Bhubaneswar has been made till April 26.
However, districts like Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur are predicted to record a maximum day temperature of around 40 deg C on April 26, the IITM model predicts.
An analysis of heatwave prediction for the month of April reveals that southern Odisha is predicted to record more number of days with heatwave like conditions.