Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Searing heat wave conditions prevailed in Odisha making life miserable on Tuesday with the mercury touching 41 degree Celsius and more in as many as seven places in the State.

As per the prediction by the Regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha people have to be prepared for more hard days as the mercury level will rise further by two to three degree Celsius in the next two to three days. It will touch up to 44 degree Celsius at most of the places in the State in the next couple of days.

Earlier on Tuesday, Malkangiri recorded the day’s highest temperature at 41.7 degree Celsius followed by Titlagarh at 41.5 degree Celsius, Boudh 41.4 degree Celsius, Bhawanipatna 41.2 degree Celsius, Nayagarh, Bolangir and Talcher 41.0 degree Celsius each.

Similarly, Angul and Jharsuguda recorded 40.7 degree Celsius and 40.3 degree Celsius respectively.

Besides, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Hirakud, Phulbani, Sonepur, Paralakhemundi, Rayagada, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, and Khordha recorded maximum day temperatures of 39.5 degree Celsius, 39.5 degree Celsius, 39.2 degree Celsius, 39.6 degree Celsius, 39.1 degree Celsius, 39.7 degree Celsius, 39.4 degree Celsius, 39.2 degree Celsius, 39.4 degree Celsius and 39.2 degree Celsius, respectively.

The Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar experienced a maximum daytime temperature of 38.4 degree Celsius and 37.2 degree Celsius respectively.

Earlier, IMD had predicted that the heat wave conditions would be intense during April and the surge in temperature may break all time records during the period. The duration of heat wave conditions will be longer during April this year.