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Odisha heat wave: Bhubaneswar burns at 44.2 , sunstroke death toll rises to 20


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 21:

While the whole of Odisha came under yet another spell of searing heat wave and the official sunstroke death toll rose to 20, Bhubaneswar recorded the season’s highest temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius, turning the city into a virtual cauldron today.
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Sonepur and Titlagarh were marginally hotter than the capital city, clocking 44.8 degree Celsius on Wednesday, while mercury soared up to 40 degree and above across 17 towns and cities in the state.

The following is the temperature recorded in major towns and cities in the state :

Chandbali (41), Cuttack (41), Angul (42.7), Baripada (43.5), Jharsuguda (43.3), Keonjhargarh (42) Sambalpur (44.5), Sundargarh (42),Hirakud (43.4), Talcher(43.8), Bhawanipatna (43.2), Bolangir (43), Phulbani (40) and Dhenkanal (42.2).

The local Met office in a release today said severe heat wave condition would continue in the state till May 28.

“While the north-westerly wind is currently blowing across the state, the sea breeze towards the land mass has stopped due to formation of a depression over east-central Bay of Bengal this morning that would move north-northeast towards Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh coast during next 48 hours. Under the influence, the heat wave condition would be more severe till next week up to May 28”, Dr Sarat Sahu, director IMD, Bhubaneswar said this evening.


  1. Hi, I am amator meteorologist and I display my daily worldwide tropical cyclone forecasts on my blog:

    The depression in the Bay of Bengal is at 16°N 91°E and it is moving N. The central atmospheric pressure is 1001hpa and there are wind at 50 km/h. It is expected to keep moving N. It would strengthen slowly to a minimal cyclonic storm until it reaches an area of moderate wind shear on Friday around 9am. It would persist until it crosses the Bhola or Noakhali coast in Bangladesh on Friday/Saturday night around 3am. After reaching land, it would degenerate slowly to gradually.

    BANGLADESH: Heavy rain is expected in the Chittagong and Barisal divisions from Friday 10am to Saturday midday. Gales are likely in the Bhola, Noakhali and Chittagong districts early on Saturday (from midnight to 5am). A 1,3m storm surge is expected in the Bhola, Noakhali and Chittagong districts coasts and coastal waters on Friday/Saturday night.

    • Dear Mr Derand, thank you very much for your very valuable input. I am sure the information will be of great interest to our readers. Odisha is highly vulnerable to tropical cyclones and no wonder people in the coastal region of the state are on tenterhooks every time there is a significant formation over the Bay of Bengal. We look forward to your predictions in future. Thanks again. OST Team

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