Heat wave in Odisha

Heat wave conditions to prevail in Odisha till arrival of monsoon

Bhubaneswar: With the onset of the south-west monsoon over Odisha not expected till June 10, heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in the interior and western districts of the state, SOA’s Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) said on Thursday.

Models indicate that the onset of monsoon over Odisha and nearby region might not happen before June 10 even as the hot wind flow from north-western part of the country is expected to continue for a week or more, Dr. Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director of CEC, said.

The higher moisture content in the atmosphere would prevail over the  coastal plains causing discomfort, he said adding there was probability of norwester, locally known as Kalbaisakhi, in Bhubaneswar and its neighbourhood within the next one or two days.

The monsoon current, he said, had already set in over Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar islands and the north-eastern states causing moisture accumulation over Odisha. Norwesters, comprising moderate rain, thunder and lightning, could occur at sporadic locations of coastal Odisha and adjoining districts within the next two to three days which could favour removal of excess moisture from the atmosphere decreasing the level of discomfort.