Mrunal Manmay Dash

The mercury’s relentless rise on the temperature scale made Baripada in Mayurbhanj the hottest place on Friday.

The town recorded a maximum temperature of 44 degrees today.

Baripada witnessed 43 degrees temperature on Thursday making it the hottest town in the state yesterday too.

Apart from Baripada, 12 other cities including Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bolangir and Angul registered maximum temperature of 42 degrees and above.

Similarly, 25 places in the State recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees or more.

However, a respite from the heat wave is on the cards as the IMD on Friday predicted rainfall in a day or two.

Following rainfall, the temperature will slightly come down in the interior parts of the State. On April 17 and 18, there are chances of rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning in coastal Odisha, said IMD weather scientist, Uma Shankar Das.