Bhubaneswar, Sept. 26: Rains may dampen the spirit of upcoming Durga Puja festivities in Odisha as a low pressure area (LOPAR) is likely to form over north-west Bay of Bengal on October 2 caused by remnants of typhoon Noru in the South China Sea.

            According to SOA’s Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) here, remnants of the typhoon could help form an upper air cyclonic circulation in east-central Bay of Bengal near the Myanmar coast which would move in a north-westerly direction subsequently.

            After the LOPAR is formed below Bangladesh coast, the system would move in a west-north-westerly direction towards north Odisha coast on October 3 and advance towards western Odisha the next day.

            Under its influence, widespread rainfall may occur over Odisha with the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Angul likely to experience heavy rains on October 2 when heavy to very heavy rainfall could occur at one or two places along coastal Odisha.

            The districts of Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Angul, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Bargarh, Keonjhar and Sundargarh could receive heavy rainfall on October 3.

            Light to moderate precipitation is likely across Odisha from October 4 to 6 while sporadic rain could continue till October 1. Models, however, didn’t indicate further intensification of the system. 

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