Low pressure to trigger rainfall in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While temperature went up in most parts of coastal Odisha today and heat wave continued to prevail in the interior region, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that there would be more rainfall activities in the state under the influence of a low pressure from from May 14 onwards.

Talking to OTV, Mamata Yadav, Director-in-charge, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said a cyclonic circulation had formed at 1.5 km from the sea level over eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Besides a trough line has also formed over eastern Uttar Pradesh stretching up to Tamil Nadu coast. Due to this synoptic systems, there is rainfall activities in some parts of Odisha.

“Apart from it, a low pressure is most likely to form over south-west Bay of Bengal by evening tomorrow which will increase rainfall in most parts of Odisha in the next 48 hours from May 18,” she added.

She also said rain or thundershower is likely in some parts of Kalahandi, Balangir, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh and Balasore districts late this evening due to Kalabaisakhi (Norwester).

Yadav further said as strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph may prevail along and off Odisha coast, the fishermen have been advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea.

As per a Met release this evening, Talcher was the hottest place in the state today with 44.2 degrees while temperature remained at 40 degree Celsius and above in 14 places. They were: Balasore (40.6), Chandbali (41), Angul (42.7), Bhubaneswar (42.2), Jharsuguda (42.6), Keonjhar (40.1), Sambalpur (42.3), Sundergarh (41), Hirakud (42.4), Bhawanipatna (42.7), Balangir (43.5), Titlagarh (43), Malkangiri (40.6) and Sonepur (41.3).

The state capital, which recorded a maximum temperature of 41.2 degrees Celsius yesterday, sizzled at 42.2 degrees Celsius today with relative humidity reaching 60 per cent.

Meanwhile, reports have been received from different sources on the death of 181 persons due to sun-stroke in the state today of which death in 18 cases has been confirmed to be due to sunstroke. In 77 cases, the death has occurred due to other reasons. The remaining 86 cases are under inquiry, a release by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said.