Even as cyclonic storm “Mahasen” did not show any change in its intensity, thundersqualls hit coastal areas of the State bringing showers and relief from the hot and sweltering conditions on Sunday evening.
A number of coastal areas received rains following occurrence of norwester.
Wind reaching a speed of 74 km per hour hit Balasore, where 22 mm rain was recorded. Bhubaneswar experienced strong wind which clocked 52 kmph and about 15 mm rain.
The cyclonic storm caused cloudy conditions, but the rains were local, weather office said. Other places such as Chandbali, Paradip and Kendrapara also received showers.
The highest rainfall of 48 mm was recorded at Malkangiri.
The Met office said “Mahasen” moved north-westwards from south-east Bay of Bengal. It lay centred at about 1,080 km south of Paradip.
It would initially move north-westwards during the next 24 hours and recurve thereafter towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coast.
The system, however, did not intensify nor did weaken any further. The weathermen were closely watching its movement.
Meanwhile, temperature fell across the State. Sambalpur, which recorded over 46 degree Celsius on Saturday, saw mercury dropping by four degrees in a day. Other western Odisha pockets also saw day temperature drop significantly.
More thundersquall activities are predicted over the next two days.