Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday confirmed the onset of pre-monsoon rainfall in almost all parts of Odisha.
Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, additional director general, IMD, Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said pre-monsoon rainfall in the state will continue for the next 4-5 days but there will be a delay in the onset of the south-west monsoon.
“The south-west monsoon has advanced further into the Andamans and is now moving towards the Kerala coast. Taking the wind speed into consideration, it is expected that the monsoon will hit the Kerala coast by June 6. As the monsoon usually hits the Odisha coast around June 10, after hitting the Kerala coast on May 30, the onset of monsoon in Odisha will either be later part of second week of June or early part of third week of June,” Mahapatra said.
Meanwhile, day temperatures came down sharply in Odisha on Monday following widespread rainfall. An evening release by the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said Koraput recorded maximum rainfall of 65mm followed by 64mm in Bhawanipatna, 48.5mm in Paradeep, 32.4mm in Chandbali, 25.8mm in Sonepur, 23.8mm in Titlagarh, 14.4mm in Gopalpur and 13mm in Angul.
The Met Centre has forecast heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jajpur on June 4; Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak on June 6; Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Gajapati on June 7 and Malakangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Balasore on June 8.
There will be no change in the weather condition till next week, the release further said.