Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 11:
The Odisha capital today turned into a boiling cauldron by recording an all-time high temperature of 45.8 degree Celsius.
The last time the temple city had recorded the highest temperature of 45 degree Celsius was on April 23, 1985, according to data available with the Regional Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here.
Heat wave conditions will continue in the state for another five-six days and there is no likelihood of Nor’wester induced rains, the IMD has forecasted.
The IMD has attributed the rise in temperature in the state due to the flow of hot winds from the north-west direction and reduced cool sea breeze.
According to IMD data, as many as 17 places in the state have recorded temperatures above 40 degree Celsius by 2 PM.
“Temperature has been rising in the state for the last few days, in the last four-five days, there has been a marked rise in temperature in the coastal area. Since radiational cooling in the night is not happening due to temperature remaining high in the upper level of the atmosphere. With no upward movement of surface air breeze from the sea carrying moisture is not being able to form clouds which otherwise would have resulted in Kala Baisakhi. Further, there has been no heavy or long spell of rains since October which has led to drying up of the soil, dry soil reflects lights and adds to the rise in temperature. Winds flowing from the north-west and west or central part of India which is recording 40 degree Celsius in most places is resulting in advection of heat which is adding to the rise in temperature in the coastal area in comparison to interior parts. Yesterday Bhubaneswar was the second hottest place in the country with 44.1°C while Bankura in West Bengal was the hottest place in the country by recording 45.1° C. According to data received by 2 PM today Bhubaneswar has recorded 45.7° C. We have temperature data since 1952, today’s temperature is all time record. The last time in 1985 on April 23 Bhubaneswar had recorded 45° C. No system based rains are forecast in the next seven days,” said Sarat Chandra Sahu Director of the Regional Centre of the IMD here.
With heat wave conditions in the state, there has been a rise in the number deaths due to sunstroke. According to the office of the special relief commissioner (SRC) it has received 16 reports of deaths allegedly due to sunstroke till date.