State to welcome New Year with lashes of rain

Bhubaneswar: After the jingle bells, came warning bells of heavy rains lashing southern and coastal parts of Odisha. But with that threat almost waning away, there are now doorbells from New Year.

News that there will only be moderate rainfall has heartened the people of the state who are all set to welcome 2015 with the rain drops after a low pressure area (Lopar) marked over the south-west of Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka-Tamil Nadu coast slowly weakening on its way.

According to a Met official, the depression is currently a well-marked low pressure and is supposed to become a depression resulting rain and thundershower in coastal and interior parts of the state in next 24 hours. However, heavy rainfall is expected at some parts of the coastal areas, he added.

Presently, cloudy condition prevailed while the cold wave condition remains unchanged in the state. The northern region shivers as mercury plummets due to the climatic changes.

Meanwhile, another depression has been also marked at the south-west of Andaman Sea which is likely to take the shape of depression, informed the Met department.