Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 21:
Odisha’s Temple City today broke the 64-year record as mercury reached 42.2° C. Bhubaneswar recorded the highest ever temperature in the month of March since 1952.
The capital city remained the hottest for the second consecutive day today. With the heatwave conditions prevailing in many parts of the state, the weatherman has predicted no respite for at least a week more.
“The trough line, which lay over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and stretched up to north Odisha, has further extended to central Chhattisgarh through Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and north interior Odisha,” Sarat Chandra Sahu, Regional Director Meteorological Office said.
“The wind speed has dropped marginally resulting in decrease in the humidity level favourable for the rise in day temperature. Besides, clear sky condition has also largely contributed to the rise in temperature,” he added.
As per the Regional Meteorological Office, Bhubaneswar topped the list of hottest cities for the day recording 42.2 degrees Celsius followed by Titlagarh 40.5° C, Angul at 40.1° C and Bolangir 40.0° C.
Temperature recorded in other cities are: Bhawanipatna (39.7), Chandbali (39.7), Hirakud (39.6), Jharsuguda (39.5), Talcher (39.4), Sambalpur (39.2), Cuttack (39), Sundergarh (39), Sonepur (37.8), Baripada (37.6), Phulbani (37) Balasore (37), and Keonjhar (36.7).