Bhubaneswar, July 31(LocalWire): Heavy rains may lash the state in the next few days as a low pressure area is likely to form over the northwest Bay of Bengal off the West Bengal coast on 2 August and intensify into a depression the next day, the Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC), SOA Deemed to be University, said today.
The system was expected to intensify into a deep depression on 4 August over the northwest Bay of Bengal and merge with another depression, now lying over South China Sea, which was likely to move towards the Bay of Bengal, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director of CEC and eminent meteorologist, said.
The depression over South China Sea would initially move in a north-northwestwardly direction and then southwestwards towards northeast Bay of Bengal, he said.
This system was likely to merge with the deep depression formed over northwest Bay of Bengal on 5 August and move in a northwestwardly direction and cross the Odisha-West Bengal border near Digha on the night of 5 August or early morning of 6 August.
Under its influence, rainfall would gradually increase from 2 August in districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack and Dhenkanal, he said
Heavy to very heavy rainfall might be experienced from 3 August in the state’s coastal belt as also in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal. The rains might continue till 6 August night, he said.
The coastal and adjoining districts may experience wind speed reaching 60 km per hour, Dr. Sahu said adding that the catchments of upper and lower Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha rivers could receive heavy precipitation between 3-6 August.