Bhubaneswar: The regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) here has predicted heavy downpour in eight districts of the state Friday.
Several parts of southern, northern and some places of interior Odisha are also likely to witness rainfall within next 24 hours including Koraput, Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack and Balasore districts.
Similarly, Nor’wester rain warning has been issued for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nuapara, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khurda, Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts.
Even though the month of June is nearing an end and monsoon has arrived, rains have been elusive for the state adding to the rain deficit at many places in the state. That situation, however, is set to change as heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash the state starting June 30.
According to IMD, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Kandhamal and Ganjam are expected to get heavy to very heavy rains starting June 30 under impact of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal. Wind speed reaching up to 35 to 40kmph are likely June 30 and July 1 in coastal Odisha.
The weather department has asked the fishermen not to venture into the sea during these two days. And those who have already sailed into the water have been asked to come ashore by June 29.