Bhubaneswar: Amid delay in arrival of the southwest monsoon, the meteorological department has predicted nor’wester rainfall before the pre-monsoon showers in several parts of the State in next few days.
The showers are likely to lower the temperature in most parts of the State including the interior regions where mercury continues to hover above 40 degrees Celsius in many stations.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has informed that with the onset of monsoon in Kerala by the first weekend of June, Odisha is likely to receive monsoon a week later.
The met office said that even as the intensity of the monsoon is dependent on various climatic conditions, Odisha could very likely get normal rainfall this season.
Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, H R Biswas said, "Odisha will receive normal rainfall in this monsoon season. The long period average rainfall over the State is about 1,150 mm and normal monsoon is expected this year.”
Meanwhile, the State continued to reel under intense heat wave with 10 places recording above 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
Western Odisha town Jharsuguda recorded the highest temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius while Angul boiled at 42.2 degrees followed by Sambalpur at 42 degrees, Hirakud at 41.6 degrees, Talcher at 40.5 degrees and Sonepur at 40.2 degrees.