Odisha: Nor’wester-induced rain brings respite to denizens from severe heat wave in Twin City

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: A heavy spell of rain along with lightning was witnessed in Cuttack-Bhubaneswar twin cities today evening. This brought respite to the residents from severe heat wave conditions.

“Red and Orange alerts will remain in force in some districts for the next two days. No major change is likely in the day temperature during next two days and a gradual fall by 2°C to 4°C thereafter at many places over the districts of Odisha,” IMD regional center director Manorama Mohanty expressed.

“Rainfall activities are very likely to increase in Odisha districts from May 7 onwards. Red alerts issued by the IMD regional centre will gradually degrade and change to Yellow alerts. The prevalent heat wave condition will become inactive by May 5. The maximum (day) temperature will also decrease in several districts of the State thereafter. Nor’wester-induced rain, lightning, and hailstorms accompanied by gusty surface wind speeds reaching 30-40 KMPH are very likely to increase in several districts of Odisha after May 7. Rainfall activities will be more for a few days,” said meteorologist Umashankar Das.

Notably, light rain, thundershowers, and hailstorms are likely to occur tomorrow at one or two places over the districts of South Coastal Odisha, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, and dry weather is very likely to prevail over the rest districts of Odisha.

In separate incidents of lightning strike in Balasore district today, a man was killed and a minor girl was injured. The deceased man identified as Bachu Das belonged to Bichitrapur village of Kathi Bhaunri panchayat under Bhograi police limits. The minor girl sustained grievous injuries while she was on her way to farmland along with her family members at Chakapalasia village in the district.

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