Odisha Receives IMD’s Heatwave, Thunderstorm Warnings

Amidst the searing heat, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed that there is a high likelihood of rain and thunderstorm over different parts of Odisha. It also put out a notice marking the development of a low-pressure area over the South East Bay of Bengal stretch, which may intensify in the next forty-eight hours.

Several parts of Mayurbhanj and Balasore are expected to get light to moderate rainfall with instances of lightning and a yellow warning (thunderstorm and lightning alert) has been issued for both districts. The IMD has also predicted a further rise in the heat scales by at least two to three degrees over the next twenty-four hours for Bolangir and Sonepur. Taking note of the IMD’s forecasts, the Office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed the Collectors of 12 districts to remain on alert and take appropriate action as necessary.

The forecasts for the next few days, as shared by the IMD, are:

Day 2 (Valid from 0830 hours of March 30 to 0830 hours of March 31)

Yellow Warning: Heatwave condition likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Bolangir, Sonepur.

Day 3 (Valid from 0830 hours of March 31 to 0830 hours of April 1)

Yellow Warning: Heatwave condition likely to occur over the districts of Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Angul, Boudh and Kalahandi.

Day 4 (Valid from 0830 hours of April 1 to 0830 hours of April 2)

Yellow Warning: Heatwave condition likely to prevail over the districts of Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Angul, Boudh and Kalahandi.

Day 5 (Valid from 0830 hours of April 2 to 0830 hours of April 3)

Light to moderate rain or thundershower likely to occur over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khordha.

Yellow Warning: Thunderstorm with lightning likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Kandhamal.

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