Met office predicts rain, thunderstorm in north Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar today predicted rain along with thunderstorm and lightning in north Odisha in the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain has also been forecast over isolated places of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts in the next 24 hours.

“Due to monsoon troughs and flows, many places in north Odisha and a few places in the south will experience rain. While north Odisha will experience thunderstorms, lightning and rainfall, a few places in southern Odisha will see only rain and thunderstorm,” stated HR Biswas, director of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological centre.

However, the intensity of rain will come down after 24 hours, he added.

As per met office sources, a low pressure is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal on August 19 triggering rain across the State. “Due to this climatic condition, there might be a slight increase in rainfall across Odisha from August 20,” Biswas added.

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There is deficit rainfall in Bolangir and Deogarh districts whereas rest of the State have received above normal rain in the past few days, the Meteorological Centre said.