Bhubaneswar: The Regional Office of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here has predicted that the southwest monsoon is set to touch Odisha coast by June 10.
As per the Director, IMD regional centre Bhubaneswar, Dr. Sarat Chandra Sahu, the southwest monsoon has advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands and entire south Andaman Sea, due to which heavy rainfall lashed places like southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands and entire south Andaman Sea on Friday.
Further Dr. Sahu claimed that the monsoon is most likely to enter into Kerala within 48 hours, and it will reach Odisha by June 10. The final prediction of the probable date of arrival of monsoon in Odisha can be made only after seasonal rain occurs in Kerala, he added.
The rainfall could increase in Odisha starting from June 3 or 4 due to the impact of the arrival of the monsoon.
The IMD has already predicted normal monsoon this year.