Bhubaneswar: The regional centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar Sunday predicted heavy rains to continue in the state for next 24 hours. It also hinted at another low pressure taking shape around August 28.
The low pressure area over northwest Odisha and neighbourhood now lies as a feeble low pressure area over north Chhattisgarh and adjoining east Madhya Pradesh. The associated cyclonic circulation extends upto 1.5 kilometres above mean sea level, the afternoon bulletin of the centre said.
The monsoon trough at mean sea level now passes through Ganganagar, centre of low pressure area over north Chhattisgarh and adjoining east Madhya Pradesh, Jharsuguda, Puri and hence southeastwards to east central Bay of Bengal. The cyclonic circulation over south Bangladesh and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal now lies over northwest Bay of Bengal off Gangetic West Bengal – Odisha coasts and extends up to 7.6 kilometres above mean sea level.
A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over North Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around August 28. Southwest monsoon has been active over Odisha. Light to moderate rainfall has occurred at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall recorded at one or two places over the districts of Odisha.
Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Nuapada, Bolangir, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Puri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudh, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Ganjam, Nayagarh and Khurdha.
Thunderstorm with lightning very likely to occur at one or two places over the district of Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Khurdha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Ganjam and Kendrapara during the same period.