Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 7:
With mercury level breaching 40 degrees Celsius mark in 14 places in the state today, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued warning on the prevalence of heat wave condition in the coastal region.
While the capital city continued its dominance for the second consecutive day at 43.2°C today, the temperature in neighbouring Cuttack registered marginal rise with41.4°C as against yesterday’s temperature of 40.6°C.
The heat wave like condition threw life out of gear across the state today. The sweltering conditions made life miserable for people. The worst-hit were people on outdoor duty.
“It is unbearable to stand and discharge duty in this scorching heat,” a traffic police expressed.
Motorists were seen with wet towels and veils on their faces to get some respite from the blistering heat.
“We wrap around wet towels on our face to get relief from the heat. After 11 am, it is difficult to venture out,” said a city-based resident.
The weatherman has predicted that the heat wave conditions would prevail for at least a week due to the flow of hot wind from the central and north-west India towards the state.
“Today, we issued warning on the prevalence of heat wave condition in the coastal region. This is season’s first heat wave warning as it satisfied the conditions. Norwester warning has also been issued,” said Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre.
The IMD director, however, said the possible thunder squall in six districts like Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts in next 24 hours, could change the situation. If the rainfall due to the thunder squall is small, it will lead to further rise in temperature in the state after April 9 which will continue up to April 15.
Besides Bhubaneswar, the other cities which surpassed 40°C level are Hirakud (43.1°C), Titlagarh (42.5°C), Bhawanipatna (42.2°C), Bolangir and Talcher (42°C each), Chandbali (41.7°C), Baripada (41.5°C), Sambalpur (41.2°C) and Dhenkanal (41.1°C), Angul (40.9°C), Keonjhar (40.3°C), Jharsuguda (40°C).