Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 31:
The rising temperature in the western Odisha districts is likely to come down as the local Met office here has predicted rain and thundershower in most parts of the state in the next 24 hours.
Temperature went up to 40 degree and above today at seven places in the western Odisha towns of Jharsuguda (41.2), Hirakud (42.5), Bhawanipatna (42.5), Titlagarh (43), Malkangiri (40.8) and Sonepur (41).
Though temperature in the capital city remained below the 40 degree mark, the humidity level rose to 87 percent resulting in great discomfort to the people.
The rainfall, which is likely in the next 24 hours, will continue till June 3 after which there will be a gradual rise in temperature in the state for the next three days, a Met office release said here this evening.
The release also predicted strong and gusty surface wind from south westerly direction, which would prevail along and off the Odisha coast during next 24 hours. The wind speed is expected to be in the range of 45 to 65 kmph.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as sea condition would be rough to very rough during the period, the release said.