“Thunderstorm with lightning and gusty surface wind speed reaching 30-40 km per hour very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi and Kandhamal till 8.30 am of Friday,” said the IMD’s midday bulletin of today. The IMD issued a yellow weather warning for these 16 districts till tomorrow morning.
The MeT Department also issued a yellow alert of thunderstorm with lightning and gusty surface wind speed reaching 30-40 km per hour over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati,Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Boudh, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Koraput from 8.30 am of Friday to 8.30 am of Saturday.
The weathermen also forecast light to moderate rain or thundershower very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and at one or two places over the rest districts of the State during next 24 hours.
Today, the highest maximum temperature of 41.5° Celsius was recorded at Titilagarh and the lowest minimum temperature of 24° Celsius was recorded at Phulabani in the State, the bulletin said.
A low pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining East-central Bay of Bengal around May 22. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24. It is very likely to move north-west wards and reach Odisha-West Bengal Coast around May 26 morning, said IMD.
Under the influence of above system, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 gusting 60kmph is very likely to prevail over North Bay of Bengal and along and off Odisha – West Bengal coasts from May 25 evening and would increase gradually till May 26.
Fishermen, those who are out in the Deep Sea have been advised to return to the coast by May 23.