State reels under sweltering heat
Talcher was followed by Sambalpur and Hirakud with 44.4 degree Celsius, according to the meteorological centre here.
In the state capital, the maximum temperature rose to 42.6 degree Celsius as against 40.6 degree recorded yesterday, with most people refraining from venturing out during the day.
The entire western region continued to boil under scorching heat with 44.2 degree Celsius at Jharsuguda, 44.C at Sonepur, 43.8 dc at Bolangir, 43.5 dc at Sundargarh and Angul and 42.5 degree at Bhawanipatna, the met office said
Coastal areas also experienced searing heat as maximum temperature was recorded at 42.4 degree Celsius in Cuttack and 42.3 degree at Chandbali.
Special arrangements were made in hospitals across the state to deal with sun-stroke cases.