Bhubaneswar, Sept. 16: A fresh Low Pressure Area (LOPAR) is likely to form over north-west Bay of Bengal on September 20 triggering rains across Odisha next week, according to SOA’s Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) here.

            An upper air cyclonic circulation, expected to form over west-central Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood on Saturday, could lead to the formation of the LOPAR, a CEC bulletin said.

            The system was likely to move in a north-westerly direction towards western Odisha and Chhatisgarh from September 21 but would have its impact on coastal Odisha up to September 20.

            Under its influence, it said, light to moderate rainfall would commence from September 19 afternoon and continue till the night of September 22 over Odisha. Initially moderate rainfall would be experienced in the districts of Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput on September 19 and 20 after which the rains would shift to north Odisha from the night of September 20.

            Western Odisha districts could experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in one or two places on September 21 and 22, the bulletin said adding Bhubaneswar city could get moderate rainfall on September 20 and 21.

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