Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 15:
With the capital city of Bhubaneswar recording the highest temperature in Odisha today at 43.7 degree Celsius and the local Met office here predicting the state would experience severe heat wave condition for yet another one week, the situation has reached an alarming level, especially in the coastal region, where the humidity levels add to the heat factor and misery of the people.
“Barring the possibility of rain or thundershower at one or two places in the state in the next 24 hours, the heat wave in Odisha would grow up further till May 18 after which it would be more severe in the next four days”, the Met office said in a release this evening.
Normal life came to a grinding halt in Bhubaneswar as temperature shot up sharply after 9 AM. Several areas in the city wore a deserted look as the trading and business establishments downed their shutters by noon due to intense heat wave that continued till late afternoon.
Apart from Bhubaneswar, temperature soared up to 40 degree and above in Baleswar (41.2), Chandbali (43.5), Cuttack (41.0), Angul (41.9), Baripada (41.6), Jharsuguda (41.5), Keonjhargarh (42.4), Sambalpur (41.2), Sundargarh (40), Hirakud (41.2), Talcher (42), Bhawanipatna (41.5), Bolangir (41.6), Titlagarh (43) and Sonepur (40.8).