.........BHUBANESWAR: Rains lashed many parts of the State on Friday and some more areas will receive showers in next two days, thanks to the low pressure formed off Andhra Pradesh coast. But the southwest monsoon may take a few more days to reach Odisha.
The northern limit of the monsoon (NLM) is still far away from the State and even though the weather office has predicted showers in central and interior parts on Saturday and Sunday, it will be primarily caused by the system which will move up and head towards Gangetic West Bengal.
On Friday morning, southern districts of the State including Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur reported good rainfall. The rains subsided over the region and spread to coastal pockets of the State.
The weather office said due to the low pressure, central and interior districts will receive rains during next 48 hours.
However, this may not be enough to pull in the monsoon current or even merit declaration of the southwest monsoon in the State.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s prediction showed that monsoon has advanced into some more parts of Konkan, interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh. However, many parts of these regions did not receive adequate rainfall in the last 24 hours which appears to have held back the national forecaster from declaring the monsoon onset in the State.
‘’Ideally under the current circumstances, parts of West Bengal should have received rainfall and monsoon would have advanced, but it has not happened so far,’’ said an expert. Going by the current conditions, the monsoon will make its presence felt in the State around June 12. This means, there will be a dry period for a couple of days after the low pressure moves away.
The IMD official predictions say conditions are favourable for advancement of monsoon into more parts of Konkan, interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh, some parts of Madhya Maharashtra, central and north Bay of Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya and some parts of West Bengal and Sikkim during next two to three days. Effectively speaking, Odisha is yet to find a mention.