Odisha Sun Times WeatherBureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 10:
After a week-long respite, the heat wave was back at its severest in Odisha with no less than 14 places in the state recording temperatures of 40 degree Celsius or more even as the weatherman sounded a severe heat wave warning for the next 24 hours.
“We have issued a severe heat wave condition in the state, especially in the coastal districts, which will continue for the next 24 hours,” Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, told the media this afternoon.
The capital city of Bhubaneswar bore the worst of the sudden surge in temperature with the mercury shooting up to a skin-burning 44 degrees. Normal life was thrown haywire in the city with the temperature crossing the 40 degree mark as early as 11 am.
While most business establishments downed their shutters before noon, the normally busy thoroughfares in the city wore a deserted look due to the scorching heat, made worse by high levels of humidity.
Temperature went up to 40 degrees and above in Baleswar (41.2), Chandbali (43), Angul (42.7), Baripada (41.8), Jharsuguda (42.6), Sambalpur (42.9), Sundargarh (41), Hirakud (41.7), Talcher (42.2), Bhawanipatna (40.2), Bolangir (42), Titlagarh (41) and Dhenkanal (40.7).
The MeT director said temperature in these areas has gone up substantially due to the wind flow across the interior districts from the north-westerly direction since last 2-3 days.
“There was comparatively less heat in the coastal areas due to the blowing of south-westerly wind at the lower level of the atmosphere. However, there is a wind flow from the north-west and west-north-west direction up to 1.5 km from the ground level with a velocity of 20 kmph, which has resulted in further rise in temperature,” Sahu said.
He said since heat wave conditions still prevail in most parts of northern, western and central India, the wind flow from these regions towards Odisha has triggered heat wave conditions in the state. Besides, there was clear sky condition in the state this morning, which became favaourable for the heat wave condition, he added.
Sahu, however, said the temperature will gradually come down from June 12 night. There is possibility of a fall in temperature tomorrow.
“There is also a possibility of nor’wester in some parts of coastal and interior north Odisha during the next 24 hours”, Sahu informed.
Referring to the advance of southwest monsoon, he said a severe cyclonic storm Ashooba, which had centred around 270 km off the Oman coast by 8.30 AM today, had delayed the advance of the south-west monsson. It is expected that the severe cyclonic storm would cross the Oman coast tomorrow morning.
“Under the influence of this severe cyclonic storm, the advance of southwest monsoon has been delayed. Once it is weakened, there will be normal movement of the monsoon which is expected to hit the Odisha coast between June 13 and 15. As per the model indicator, the rainfall in the state will start from June 12 and continue for a week till June 19,” the MeT director said.