Saturday, August 6: Owing to some fresh meteorological activity in the Bay of Bengal, parts of East and Northeast India are set to witness a spike in precipitation over the next few days. While the wet conditions will engulf the entire region, Odisha will be among the states to bear the brunt of this impact.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a low-pressure area is likely to form over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal around Sunday, August 7. Furthermore, the monsoon trough remains active and south of its normal position, and a shear zone is also expected to form over north peninsular India by the start of next week.
Under the combined influence of these systems, fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning will affect Odisha and its neighbouring states from Saturday to next Wednesday (August 6-10) and possibly beyond.
Moreover, the eastern state will witness isolated very heavy showers (115.5 mm-204 mm) from Sunday to Wednesday (August 7-10) and isolated extremely heavy downpours (204 mm) from Monday to Wednesday (August 8-10).
In view of these predictions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch (‘be aware’ of weather conditions) over Odisha for the next 24 hours. The advisory will then be upgraded to an orange alert (‘be prepared’ for rough weather) from Sunday to Wednesday.
Within the state, the IMD’s regional met centre in Bhubaneswar has issued orange alerts over the following districts:
Sunday, August 7: Nabarangapur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagarha, Gajapathi, Ganjam, Puri
Monday, August 8: Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Gajapathi, Ganjam, Puri, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9-10: Nuaparha, Baragarh, Balangir, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Bauda, Kandhamal, Anugul, Dhenkanal, Jajapur, Cuttack
However, it is important to note that these district- as well as state-level advisories may very well get hiked up to a red warning (‘take action’ to keep safe) depending on how the weather situation evolves.
Meanwhile, since the beginning of the monsoon season, the rainfall activity across Odisha has remained below average. Between June 1 and August 5, the state has registered precipitation worth 530.6 mm, which is 14% below its long-term average of 615.6 mm.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how big a role this upcoming low pressure-induced rain spell plays in normalising the state’s monsoon stats.
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