Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 13:
This is surely one of the longest and the harshest summers that Odisha has experienced in recent years.
The blistering heat wave continued to torment most parts of Odisha with both Titlagarh and Sonepur recording 45 degree Celsius, followed by Sambalpur ( 44.4 ) and Talcher (44.0) on Friday.
While 15 cities and towns in the state recorded 42 degree or above, the seaside temple town of Puri where thousands of people had congregated today for the Deva Snana celebrations had a harrowing time with mercury levels reaching a punishing 43.6 degree. Gopalpur, the other sea-side town down south also recorded 43.2 degree.
The bad news is that the Met department has indicated that the heat wave conditions in ‘some places’ would persist at least in the next 48 hours.
In Bhubaneswar (42.6) and Cuttack (41.5) high humidity level up to 84% added to the heat factor and made life miserable, to say the least. The Met predictions, however, indicate a fall in temperature in the capital city on Saturday but no remission in the humidity level which is likely to be as high as 84%.
People stayed indoor, commercial activities remained standstill and the normally busy roads wore deserted look when the heat was at its peak.
The evening release by the Bhubaneswar Met centre says there is likelihood of rain and thundershower occurring over one or two places in north and south Odisha and warned of the possibility of thundersquall accompanied with hail and gusty surface wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph striking one or two places over the next 36 hours.
The release, however, suggests there would be increased rain fall between June 16 and 20.
But that appears to have been a far cry.
Protests over frequent power cuts
In Bhubaneswar, hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a demonstration in front of the CESU office to protest frequent power cuts.
Meanwhile, officials at the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said the number of sunstroke deaths this summer in the state has remained at 25, as no new death has been reported in the past one week.
Here is Friday’s temperature record :