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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: Several parts of Odisha are likely to witness heavy rainfall between August 24 and 26 under the influence of a fresh low pressure which is likely to develop over north-west Bay of Bengal around August 23, said Charana Behera, weather expert at India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar.

“The previous well-marked low pressure area moved westward and now lay centred over central parts of east Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood. A fresh low pressure is likely to develop over north-west Bay of Bengal around August 23,” Behera informed.

“The northern parts of the State are expected to witness heavy rainfall under the influence of the fresh low pressure. Heavy rainfall along with thunderstorm is very likely in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Kendraparda, Jagatsingpur, Keonjhar, Deogarh and Jajpur,” Behera predicted.

Due to steep pressure gradient, strong surface wind reaching 45 to 55 kmph likely to prevail over the Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha coast. Keeping this in view, the fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea.

Asked about the amount of rain districts received, Behera said, “Other than 10 districts, the rest experienced normal or a very less deficit rain till yesterday. Some also recorded more than normal. However, Balasore (-23 percent), Bolangir (-13 percent), Gajapati (-17 percent), Kalahandi (-27 percent), Mayurbhanj (-13 percent), Nayagarh (-16 percent), Puri (-18 percent), Sonepur (-15 percent) witnessed rain deficit.

Odisha Weather Forecast:

DAY 1

Yellow Warning: Heavy rainfall likely to occur in few places in the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Sundergarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj. The warning is valid till August 22.

DAY 2 (Valid till 0830 Hrs of August 23)

Yellow Warning: Heavy rainfall warning for the districts of Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Keonjhar, Deogarh and Jajpur.

DAY 3 (Valid from August 23 till 0830 Hrs of August 24)

Yellow Warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely in the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Puri.

Heavy rainfall is also likely in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Malkangiri and Kandhamal.

DAY 4 (Valid from August 24 till 0830 Hrs of August 25)

Orange Warning: Heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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