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(A Sarath Kumar/BCCL)

Wednesday, September 28: Odisha will witness intense spells of rains for the next 48 hours, with the precipitation activity expected to be especially concentrated over the Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.

After drenching Northwest India for the better part of the previous week, the monsoon activity has turned its attention to the coastal states situated by the Bay of Bengal since Monday. These wet conditions are being further facilitated by the cyclonic circulation lying over the northwestern and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the aforementioned systems are likely to bring fairly widespread light or moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning across Odisha on Wednesday and Thursday (September 28-29).

3-day rainfall forecast from Wednesday to Saturday

(TWC Met Team)

In view of these forecasts, a yellow watch has been issued over the state for the next two days, so as to urge locals to ‘be updated’ about the inclement weather. Several districts, including Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Jajpur and Ganjam, will remain on yellow watch for the duration.

Meanwhile, an IMD update released on Tuesday had indicated the possibility of rainfall activity in Odisha intensifying further from October 1. This means the wet weather could very well dampen spirits during the upcoming Durga Puja festivities in the state. However, no alerts or specific forecasts have been provided just yet.

Meanwhile, the monsoon’s performance in Odisha has been satisfactory so far. Between June 1 and September 27, the state has recorded 1177.7 mm of rainfall, which is only 4% more than its average of 1135.1 mm for the period.

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