Intense Heat May Mar Raja Fest This Year As Monsoon Onset Delayed


Bhubaneswar: The three-day agrarian festival ‘Raja’ is most likely to be marred by the extreme hot and humid condition as Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted the onset of monsoon just after the festival.

The monsoon usually hits Odisha by June 12 every year, but this time it is delayed by seven days.

IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said monsoon may reach the State on or after June 15.

However, it is not known exactly when it will arrive in the State. Monsoon hits Odisha by June 12. Its onset will be clear in the next 2 to 3 days, he added. The weather agency predicted normal or more rains in Odisha after Raja festival.

This time, monsoon reached Kerala coast seven days late. It covered the entire State today. It has also reached Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Monsoon air has also affected most parts of North East India, IMD DG added.

Monsoon onset takes place in the month of June every year, which increases the humidity in the atmosphere. The condition changes after monsoon onset, he said.

A low pressure area is active along the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast, which favored the monsoon advance, IMD DG said.

On the other hand, the Regional Meteorological Center in Bhubaneswar tweeted today that there is no possibility of any significant change in the day temperature in the state for the next five days while the heat-wave condition will continue in the state for 3-4 days.

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