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Expect 'Natural Rain Dance' This New Year

27 December 2017


Bhubaneswar: The excitement of denizens in the Capital City to celebrate the last day of 2017 in grand style may face some hindrances. Met department’s latest forecast predicts mild to moderate rainfall on exactly the two most awaited days - December 31 and January 1.

Bhubaneswar-based Regional Meteorological Department has informed that a ‘circulation’ has developed on the South of Andaman Sea. It is expected to move upward and together with the trough line is passing through Odisha’s coast would precipitate a couple of days later.

Though the condition will not be same as Diwali or Dussera when the City experienced incessant downpour, the New Year party time might be wet.

“The circulation will result in mild rainfall in Khurda, Puri and few other coastal districts. Accompanied by cold wave conditions, the atmosphere is expected to remain dense and foggy,” Regional Meteorological Centre Director, Sarat Sahu said.

Though the conditions might not be as worse as Diwali and Dussera, when the Capital City witnessed incessant downpour for a couple of days, the ‘New Year’ time is likely to be ‘wet’.

Meanwhile, cold wave gripped the City from the past two days, as night temperature plunged to below 15 degree Celsius. This is for the first time that cold condition swept the State Capital after it had drizzled between December 7 and 9.

However, the Met report seems to have little effect on revellers in the Temple City. “We are enthusiastic and look forward to the celebrations on the New Year eve. Even if it rains, we will come down the streets and welcome 2018 with a rain dance,” a group of students from an engineering college here said.

Besides, the hotels and property which have scheduled to throw paid-parties on December 31 and January 1, have informed that alternative arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of open air celebrations.