Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 21:
While the whole of Odisha came under yet another spell of searing heat wave and the official sunstroke death toll rose to 20, Bhubaneswar recorded the season’s highest temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius, turning the city into a virtual cauldron today.
Sonepur and Titlagarh were marginally hotter than the capital city, clocking 44.8 degree Celsius on Wednesday, while mercury soared up to 40 degree and above across 17 towns and cities in the state.
The following is the temperature recorded in major towns and cities in the state :
Chandbali (41), Cuttack (41), Angul (42.7), Baripada (43.5), Jharsuguda (43.3), Keonjhargarh (42) Sambalpur (44.5), Sundargarh (42),Hirakud (43.4), Talcher(43.8), Bhawanipatna (43.2), Bolangir (43), Phulbani (40) and Dhenkanal (42.2).
The local Met office in a release today said severe heat wave condition would continue in the state till May 28.
“While the north-westerly wind is currently blowing across the state, the sea breeze towards the land mass has stopped due to formation of a depression over east-central Bay of Bengal this morning that would move north-northeast towards Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh coast during next 48 hours. Under the influence, the heat wave condition would be more severe till next week up to May 28”, Dr Sarat Sahu, director IMD, Bhubaneswar said this evening.