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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 1:

Heatwave conditions threw life out of gear in majority towns in Odisha with 13 stations recording day temperature over 40 degrees Celsius.

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As per the regional meteorological office weather report, Bolangir remained the hottest town today with 44.2 degrees Celsius.

The report said that 13 places recorded temperature over 40 degrees Celsius and western Odisha towns were the most affected. With the mercury soaring, people had a difficult time venturing out in the sweltering heat.

The weatherman predicted that the heatwave conditions would prevail in the next 48 hours too. Besides, intense heatwave conditions would prevail in the interior parts of the state.

Besides Bolangir, the towns which surpassed the 40 level mark are: Sonepur (43.2) followed by Hirakud (42.9) and Bhawanipatna (42.5).

Similarly, Sundargarh and Sambalpur recorded 42 degrees Celsius followed by Jharsuguda (41.8), Angul (41.1), Talcher and Keonjhargarh (41 each) and Malkangiri and Phulbani (40.2 each), the bulletin said.

Rain or thunder showers are likely to occur at one or two places over south Odisha, it added.

It may be mentioned here that the state government had directed the schools to advance their class timings and wind up the day by 10.30 am from today, in the wake of the intense heatwave conditions prevailing in the state.