Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 1:
While the people of Western Odisha districts had a welcome relief from an intense heat wave following moderate to heavy rains on Sunday afternoon till late night hours, there was a rise in the temperature in most parts of the coastal districts today.
According to a Met office release this evening, Bhubaneswar remained the hottest place in the state today with 40.7 degree Celsius while Malkangiri recorded 40 degrees.
Barring these two places, temperature remained below 40 degrees in most parts of the state.
Meanwhile, rainfall recorded in the last nine hours till 5.30 PM was highest in Hirakud with 55.6 mm followed by Phulbani (31), Koraput (26.6), Sambalpur (26), Sundargarh (19), Bhawanipatna (16), Jharsuguda (15), Titlagarh (12), Cuttack (9), Daringbadi (9), Baripada (4.2) and Talcher (4).
Briefing the media today, director Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu said the southwest monsoon this morning has gathered momentum and is all set to move towards the Kerala coast and is expected to hit the coast either on June 4 or 5.
“Going by the modular study, the condition for advance of the monsoon towards the Odisha coast is favourable. Judging by the present wind speed, it is expected that the monsoon would hit the state coast either on June 14 or 15”, Sahu added.
Meanwhile, the sunstroke death toll in Odisha mounted to 25 today.
A report from the office of the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) said 25 have so far been confirmed to have died of sunstroke even though the revenue department has received 131 cases allegedly due to heat related incidents.