Monsoon Hits Andamans, Runs Late for Odisha - The New Indian Express

Monsoon Hits Andamans, Runs Late for Odisha

Published: 19th May 2014 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 19th May 2014 09:30 AM

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State continued to reel under a heat wave, the southwest monsoon marked its arrival at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Bay of Bengal on Sunday, a day later than predicted by the weather office.

The monsoon also advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and most parts of Andaman Sea. The northern limit of the monsoon passed through the islands.

The India Meteorological Department said conditions are favourable for the monsoon’s further progress into remaining parts of Andaman Sea and some more parts of southeast, southwest and east central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.

However, the monsoon’s arrival at the Andamans will have no bearing on the State since there is no direct correlation between the date of monsoon advancement over Andaman Sea with the date of monsoon onset over Kerala or for that matter with the seasonal monsoon rainfall over the country.

In fact, the IMD has predicted the monsoon to break over Kerala on June 5 with a standard variation of five days. “We will have to wait for both the branches - Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal - of the monsoon to known when it will hit Odisha. As of now, any accurate prediction will be premature, to say the least,” Director, IMD, Odisha Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

However, meteorologists are putting their bet on monsoon’s arrival between June 15 and 20 against the normal onset of June 10.

Interestingly, the State which is reeling under the sweltering conditions will not get any relief despite the fact that the monsoon will advance to many parts of Bay of Bengal over next week. On the contrary, it is likely to escalate the hot conditions.

“The clouds and pressure situations will draw more wind from north western pockets of India which will mean more dry wind from the desert regions and a rise in temperature,” added Sahu. Though cloudy conditions prevail over some parts, the skies will clear up and dry and bright days will follow soon.

The weather office said day temperature may drop by a degree or two in next couple of days but will rise significantly thereafter. Some parts may experience thundersquall activities too but that will be mostly a local phenomenon.

Meanwhile, the official sunstroke death toll has reached 18 in the State.

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