Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 11:
Rain and thunder squall brought some welcome relief from the scorching heat at most places in coastal Odisha this evening even as western and interior Odisha continued to be pounded by a relentless sun today.
The state capital, which had recorded temperatures above 43 degrees for the last two days, heaved a sigh of relief from intense hot and humid conditions following an evening thundershower that lasted about 45 minutes.
With rains in the evening, temperature fell appreciably in most places in coastal Odisha today.
Talking to the media this afternoon, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu said the temperature will come down further from tomorrow as rain and thundershower would occur in most places in interior and coastal Odisha. The condition would prevail till June 20.
He said the condition is favourable for onset of monsoon in the state between June 13 and 15 due to concentration of moisture content in the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, heat wave condition prevailed in most parts of western and interior districts with Bolangir recording the highest temperature in the state at 43 degree Celsius today.
Besides, temperature also touched or went beyond 40 degrees in Angul (41.3), Baripada (40.8), Jharsuguda (41.1), Sambalpur (41.6), Sundargarh (42.5), Bhawanipatna (41.5) and Titlagarh (42).
Meanwhile, the sunstroke death toll in the state went up to 42 today. Confirming this, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said out of a total of 168 death reports, 42 were found to have been caused by sunstroke while the remaining 126 cases were under investigation by the district collectors.