Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 23:
Even as the Met office here predicted rain and thundershowers under the influence of a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal in most parts of Odisha in the next 24 hours , there was no let up in the scorching heat wave in western Odisha with the mercury shooting up to 44 degree Celsius and above in seven places today.
While Titlagarh recorded the highest temperature of the day at 45.5 degrees, the other places where the temperature crossed 44 degrees were Jharsuguda (44.1), Sambalpur (44.8), Sundargarh (44), Hirakud (44.3), Bhawanipatna (44.8) and Bolangir (44).
Besides, temperature went up to 40 degree and above in Bhubaneswar (40.4), Angul (41.9), Keonjhar (41.3), Talcher (42.5), Phulbani (40.8) and Sonepur (43.4).
The Met office, in a release today, said the depression formed over east-central Bay of Bengal yesterday has moved south-westward and weakened into a well marked low pressure area over central Bay of Bengal at 8.30 AM today.
Under the influence, rain or thundershower would occur at one or two places over Odisha in the next two days while heavy rainfall may occur at some places in the North Odisha districts by May 26.
However, there will be a gradual rise in temperature in the state from May 29, it added.