Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Coastal Orissa on Sunday got respite from scorching heat and high humidity prevailing over past few months following some brief showers under the influence of deep depression over the Bay of Bengal.

Throughout the day several places under Khurda, Cuttack, Puri, Balasore, Ganjam and Jagatsinghpur districts witnessed intermittent rain, which brought down the temperature considerably.

As per meteorological centre, Bhubaneswar (MCB), rainfall at coastal towns of Chandabali and Paradip were recorded at 43 mm and 41 mm respectively. Although capital city did not have heavy showers, the gloomy weather provided people a perfect Sunday to enjoy at home. Towns such as Balasore, Cuttack and Gopalpur received scanty rainfall.

Rise in temperature this summer had claimed 41 lives all over the State so far. Revenue and Disaster Management department had received allegations about 151 sunstroke deaths.

Under the impact of rain, day temperature dropped below 30 degree Celsius at four towns while temperature in another four places under few coastal districts remained under 35 degree Celsius. As per MCB figures, only Malkanagiri recorded above 40 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, MCB said the depression over west-central Bay of Bengal moved in northeasterly direction and intensified into a deep depression. It lay centered over west central and adjoining east central and northwest Bay of Bengal at about 350 km south-east of Paradip, the met centre said.

“The system is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move in a near northerly direction and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh Coast on Monday,” it forecast.

The MCB warned that rain or thundershower were likely to occur at most places over coastal Orissa.