Bhubaneswar: Regional Office of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts heavy rains in several parts of the State from October 23, it is apprehended that the showers may play spoilsports for Diwali revelry.
IMD Regional Director HR Biswas said a cyclonic circulation lies over southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu coast. Under its influence a Low Pressure Area (LOPAR) is likely to form over southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal off north Tamilnadu-south Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours by October 23).
Under its influence, Odisha would witness heavy rainfall at many places on October 24 and 25. Isolated places in Odisha, especially southern region, would experience heavy rainfall on October 23, said the IMD.
As per the IMD, several places of Odisha, mostly in south and north Odisha districts, will experience heavy rainfall for a span of three days from October 23.
Heavy rains are likely to occur at several places of Gajapati, Rayagada, Ganjam, Puri, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Nuapada and Balangir districts on October 23. The thunderstorm and lightning activities would continue in isolated parts of the State till October 27(Diwali), said the weather office.