Hot & sultry: Odisha to roast at 47degC coming week

Though it's too early, long range weather models suggest some cyclone induced rain hitting Odisha during mid -May. Models track a cyclonegenesis activity to the south of Sri Lanka, which will in due process may turn to a severe cyclonic storm and move towards Bangladesh or Myanmar in mid May

Bhubaneswar: When the political mercury seems shooting up every day with the State drawing towards the final phase of polls on coming Monday (April 29), the atmospheric mercury looks all set to give a double whammy as predictions show starting from coming Saturday (April 26) to till Thursday (May 2), it will be actually ‘shine’ raining on Odisha.

According to a weather prognosis of the Indian Metrological Department (IMD), an average maximum temperature of over 42 degree celsius will prevail in Odisha during the week of April 26 to May 2.  However, the western and central Odisha districts could see the mercury hovering over 46 degree Celsius (C). The fact of respite is polling process is over in all the districts that would see maximum temperature of over 46 degree C.

The weather analysis shows districts like Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Dhenkanal will record a maximum temperature of around 46 – 47 degree C during 26 April – 2 May; whereas the whole of coastal and southern Odisha will record a maximum temperature of around 42 – 45 degree C. The anomaly (variance) of the maximum temperature, IMD says, in Odisha will be around 3-7 degree C. This means, the average maximum temperature during the period April 26 – May 2 will be 3-7 degree C more than the average maximum temperature recorded during April last – May first over a period of years.

Moreover, water crisis in Odisha is set to accentuate in the coming month as the possibility of more tube wells going dry looms large in Central and Western part of the State. The reason is Odisha has witnessed a 42 per cent deficient rainfall till April 23. Odisha has thus joined the list of few regions like Vidharbha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya that have recorded deficient rainfall in the month of April.

Though it’s too early, long range weather models suggest some cyclone induced rain hitting Odisha during mid -May. Models track a cyclonegenesis activity to the south of Sri Lanka, which will in due process may turn to a severe cyclonic storm and move towards Bangladesh or Myanmar in mid May.