Southwest monsoon to hit Odisha in less than a week: IMD

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department IMD on Sunday forecast that the southwest monsoon is likely to hit Odisha in less than a week.

It is likely to advance into some parts of Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal during the period, the IMD predicted. On the other hand, a low pressure area is likely to form over the east-central Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours (by June 9). It is very likely to move west northwestwards and become more marked during the subsequent 24 hours (by June 10), the IMD said.

Under its impact, light to moderate rainfall at most places over the districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur over the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Koraput, and Nabarangapur on June 10 and enhance rainfall activity likely to extend over interior Odisha in subsequent two days.

Gusty surface winds and thunderstorms are likely to lash many places of as a low pressure is likely to form over the east-central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours, the weather office forecasted.

The Regional Office of the IMD has issued a warning in this regard for several districts of Odisha till June 12.Squally weather with wind speed 40-50 kmph very likely over north and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and off the Odisha coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea from June 10 onwards till further notice, the IMD said.