Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 20:
The capital city continued to be the hottest place in the state as it scorched at 40.9 degrees Celsius today with a little hope of Sun relenting in the coming days over Odisha.
The incrementing trend of the mercury since last three days has thrown life out of gear as it remained at least seven degrees above normal.
While state capital Bhubaneswar recorded 40.9 degrees Celsius, Angul was the second hottest city in the state with 39.1 degrees Celsius followed by Malkangiri and Bhawanipatna with 39.0 degrees Celsius.
Maximum temperature in as many as 14 places across the state recorded over 37 degrees Celsius today.
The other places in the state which recorded temperature over 37 degrees Celsius are– Sonepur (37.2), Baripada (37.5), Jharsuguda (37.5), Balasore (37.5), Hirakud (37.6), Chandbali (38.2), Titlagarh (38), Cuttack (38), Bolangir (38), Talcher (38.8).
The Regional Meteorological Office here had predicted that the temperature would marginally decrease by one or two degrees from February 22. However, the latest forecast says that the mercury would rise from February 25 raising concerns among people.
The hot air blowing in the state capital forced the residents to stay indoors during day time.