Bhubaneswar: With favourable weather
conditions prevailing in the state, monsoon is likely to hit
the Orissa coast by Monday, a senior Met official said.
There has been sharp fall in day temperature and rise
in humidity level across the state and monsoon would arrive
along with a low pressure condition, director of India
Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar, Sarat Sahoo said.
"The monsoon could have hit the state by now, but
could not due to the lack of consistent rainfall. The rainfall
should be uniform for early arrival of the monsoon," Sahoo
"We are hopeful that monsoon will arrive by June 12 or
June 13," said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister S N
Patro after attending the state-level Natural Calamity
Meeting-2011 chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Sahoo said Orissa had been experiencing normal monsoon
for the last five years and last year`s drought was confined
in certain pockets.
The average annual rainfall in the state was 1460 mm
to 1464 mm. Between June to September, it receives monsoon
rainfall of 1160 mm to 1164 mm, he said.
Sahoo said summer this year had been pleasant as the
maximum temperature remained within 45 degrees Celsius
following at least 30 thunder showers and hailstorms, with as
many as 23 in May this year.
The mercury level remained within 40 degree Celsius in
coastal districts. "However, rise in the humidity level caused
difficulties for the people," he added.