Another Low-Pressure Area Brewing, To Reach Odisha Coast By October 15

After receiving a late onslaught of showers after an exceptionally dry bout of monsoon, there seems to be no respite from rain for Odisha. The eastern state, which has dealt with several deadly cyclones, has seen unprecedented flooding coupled with other ramifications of prolonged rainfall in recent days. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that the cyclonic circulation over the north Andaman Sea and the neighbourhood persists and now extends up to 3.1 km above mean sea level.

As per IMD, the formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal (BoB) is getting delayed as the cyclonic circulation is practically stationary over the same region. However, a low pressure is likely to form over BoB around October 13, 2021. “Under the influence of this cyclonic circulation, a Low Pressure is likely to form over the east-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining north Andaman Sea around October 13, 2021,” said IMD.

In its latest bulletin, the IMD further said that the low-pressure system is likely to move west-northwest wards and reach south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts as a ‘well-marked low pressure’ around October 15.

The development of the low-pressure area comes amidst the Durga Puja festivities observed widely in Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal. The news of such a development has also substantially brought down the enthusiasm of many in what is typically the season of celebrations. The year has also been marked by several peculiar weather events, such as that of Cyclone Gulab – which traversed the Indian subcontinent originating in the Bay of Bengal and crossed over into the Arabian Sea as Cyclone Shaheen – a first in forty years.

However, the monsoon is now coming to a halt. “Conditions are becoming favourable for further withdrawal of SW monsoon from some more parts of Odisha during next 2 days,” tweeted the Regional Met Centre.

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