Monsoon arrives a day earlier in Odisha – The New Indian Express
BHUBANEWAR: Several parts of Odisha received heavy rain on Thursday as the southwest monsoon arrived a day before its normal date.
The monsoon current, according to the Indian Meteorological Department, covered the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Gajapati, Ganjam and parts of the districts of Bargarh, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda and Puri that day.
“The monsoon flow is strengthening in the Bay of Bengal and is likely to advance in the state within the next 48 hours,” the director of the Bhubaneswar meteorological center, HR Biswas, told TNIE.
With the onset of the monsoon, Bhatli recorded 9cm of precipitation, followed by Kotagarh and Belgaon 8cm each, and Balangir, Bargarh and Paradip 7cm each over the past 24 hours.
The progress of the monsoon in the state will be facilitated by cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal which is expected to turn into an area of low pressure around Friday.
The system is expected to intensify, move west-northwest towards Odisha and trigger widespread rainfall through June 14.
The Met office also forecast heavy to very heavy precipitation in a few places and extremely heavy precipitation in one or two places in nine districts, including Khurda and Puri on Friday.
Under its impact, waterlogging, flash floods and wind speeds of up to 40 km / h to 50 km / h and gusts up to 60 km / h could prevail along and off the coast of Odisha between June 11 and 14. Fishermen were advised not to venture into high seas area during the period.
In 2018 and 2013, the monsoon settled on June 8. In its second seasonal forecast released on June 1, IMD said Odisha could receive normal rainfall during the current season. On average, the state receives 1,159 mm of rain during the monsoon.