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With the mercury climbing relentlessly in the past few days in the State, the western Odisha town of Jharsuguda turned out to be the hottest place in Asia on Wednesday.

As per the IMD, Jharsuguda town recorded a maximum temperature of 43 degrees Celsius today, the highest for any town in Asia.

Fourteen places in Odisha recorded temperature of 40 degrees or above – Baripada, Sambalpur, Boudh, Talcher, Bolangir, Titilagarh, Angul, Bhadrak, Sonepur, Sundargarh, Hirakud, Rourkela and Chandbali.

Out of these 14 towns, Baripada and Sambalpur recorded 42 degrees Celsius.

Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees each on Wednesday.

“In the next 2 days, the temperature may further rise by 2-3 degrees at many places. So, there are chances of heat wave conditions. Heat wave warning for tomorrow issued for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, and Balasore," said HR Biswas, Director, IMD Bhubaneswar.

“On April 14th, heat wave warning has been issued for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jharsuguda, and Sambalpur. On April 15th, heat wave warning has been issued for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Angul. Hot weather conditions will prevail in other districts too,” Biswas said.

“On April 16, there are chances of a slight reduction (in temperature) in coastal Odisha districts and adjoining interiors. There are chances of thunderstorm activity too,” he added.