Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After a brief lull due to Nor’westers triggered rainfalls, heatwave conditions have returned to Odisha again with the mercury level continuously soaring over the last few days.

People of the State are currently suffering a lot due to the sizzling heatwave condition with Balasore recording the highest temperature of 34.4 degree Celsius till 8.30 am on Tuesday.

Maximum temperature at most parts of the State already crossed 30 degree Celsius by early morning. The State Capital experienced 32.6 degree Celsius till 8.30 am. While Chandbali witnessed maximum temperature of 34.4 degree Celsius, Puri witnessed 32. 4 degree Celsius. Similarly, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda recorded maximum temperature of 31.2 and 31.4 degree Celsius respectively during the period.

Meanwhile, the Regional Centre of India Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar has issued warning that several parts of Odisha are likely to experience severe heatwave conditions for the next five days starting from today.

As per the prediction by IMD, most parts of the State may witness a surge in maximum temperature of four to six degree Celsius during the period. Even IMD has predicted that maximum temperature at some places may even soar up to 43-45 degree Celsius from April 17-20.

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On Monday, as many as 18 cities in the State witnessed a maximum temperature over 40 degree Celsius.