Odisha Weather Alert: IMD issues heavy rainfall warning

Bhubaneswar: India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued an alert predicting heavy rainfall in several parts of Odisha due to the formation of two cyclonic circulations over interior Odisha.

“Two cyclonic circulations over interior Odisha are likely to trigger heavy rainfall in several districts of the state,” said Shashikant, Scientist at the regional centre of IMD in Bhubaneswar.

“…Because of these cyclonic circulations, Odisha may witness rainfall at several places in the next 24 hours. Besides, heavy rainfall is expected at some places like Boudh, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Malkangiri and Keonjhar due to local thunderstorm and lightning activity,” he said.

He further said that thunderstorm and lightning activities are likely to continue at several districts of the State like Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Angul, Nayagarh, Khurda, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Malkangiri and Koraput, while adding high temperature and humidity are the reasons behind the phenomena.

However, warning has not been issued for fishermen as the intensity of the wind over the sea will be just around 10 knots, he added.

In the past 24 hours, the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have recorded around 35 degrees Celsius. In the next 24 hours, the temperature in both the cities is likely to be around 34 degrees Celsius, said Shashikant.