Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 20:
Heatwave conditions returned to the state as five places in Odisha today breached 40 degrees Celsius mark with the capital city being the hottest.
As per the Regional Meteorological Office, Bhubaneswar topped the list of hottest cities for the day recording 41.7 degrees Celsius followed by Malkangiri at 40.6° C, Bhawanipatna 40.2° C, Bolangir 40.0° C and Titlagarh 40.0° C.
Majority of the towns recorded 5 to 6° C above normal temperature across the state. The heatwave conditions will continue till March 26/26. Similar conditions will prevail in April too.
“The wind flow is 1.5 km above the surface of the atmosphere and is moving towards north-west and west direction which is favourable for increase in temperature. Clear sky is also conducive for the rise in temperature. Today, Bhubaneswar remained the hottest city at 41.7° C,” Regional MeT office Director, Sarat Sahu said.
Residents in the Twin Cities remained indoors and the roads wore a deserted look due to the loo wind. Though the traffic was thin, some people were seen moving with clothes wrapped around their faces to get some respite from the heat.
“It is very difficult to venture out due to the loo wind. We are taking precautions such as wearing sun glass, carrying umbrella and water,” a city-based student said.
The other cities where temperature hovered around 40.0° C are: Angul (39.7° C), Jharsuguda (39.3° C), Talcher (39.2° C) and (Chandbali (39.0° C).