.........BHUBANESWAR: The hot days are back, and the uncomfortable weather will continue for another two weeks, at least. If the prediction of the national weather forecaster is anything to go by, day temperature may rise by three to four degrees over the next week.
The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday said numerical models indicate a rise in day temperature for a week in the State, mostly over interior districts. The coastal pockets will witness a rise in temperature but prevalence of sea-breeze will help.
The weather office attributed the rise in day temperature to advection of heat by north-westerly and westerly dry hot wind blowing towards Odisha region.
“The northern and western regions are just starting to heat up which is why interior pockets will feel the heat because of the wind coming in from those dry arid regions. However, south-westerly wind from Telangana, Rayalaseema and interior Karnataka are yet to start,” Director, IMD, Odisha, Sarat Chandra Sahu said.
Private forecaster Skymet said the first half of March was cooler after Western Disturbances led to rainfall and pleasant weather in northern India whereas a trough from central India towards Tamil Nadu resulted in good rains and kept the temperatures under check.
“However, the trough persisting over South Peninsula is fading away. The intensity of Western Disturbances will gradually start reducing,” Skymet said. As a result, temperature will start to rise over almost the entire country barring the hills of North India.
Parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Rayalaseema may see sweltering conditions as temperature will be in the higher level of 30 degree Celsius with isolated pockets crossing the 40 degree mark, it added.
Sahu said over interior districts of the State, mercury will reach 38-39 degree Celsius. On Wednesday, Balangir recorded the highest day temperature of 39 degree C while Angul reported 38.1 degree C.