BHUBANESWAR: Intensity of rainfall in the State is expected to increase during next weekend as a fresh system is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal.
Weather experts said the prevalent climatic conditions are not favouring widespread rainfall over the State though many places have reported more than 2.5 mm rain during the last three days.
Currently, a low pressure has formed over north Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Uttar Pradesh while the cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal now lies over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand.
The troughline has led to showers over many places but rainfall has been little and moderate as the level of heat has dropped from about 36 degree Celsius to 31 degree.
However, more rains are expected from July 24 when a fresh system over the Bay forms. “We will be able to get more details about the system in a day or two but model predictions show that the intensity of rainfall will increase from July 26 to 27,” said sources.
Pilgrim Town Puri, which records rainfall during chariot-pulling almost every year, saw a dry spell on Saturday. It was only during the night that showers started and continued till wee hours which brought the temperature as well as humidity levels down.
With favourable conditions prevailing, close to two lakh devotees gathered on Grand Road for pulling the chariots to their destination during the morning hours on Sunday.