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After the much-needed relief from scorching heat due to Nor’wester (Kalbaisakhi), brace up for hotter days as temperature across Odisha is likely to rise by 6-8 degree Celsius, predicted the weather department.

While the maximum temperature remained below 32 degree Celsius in most places across Odisha, the IMD has predicted the return of hotter days again with the rise in day temperature by 6-8 degree Celsius in the next four days.

Nor’wester rain provided respite from the continuous heatwave conditions across several districts in the state. The maximum and minimum temperatures dipped marginally in the last couple of days owing to the rain. 

The highest temperature of 33.3 degree Celsius was recorded at Jagatsinghpur followed by 32.8 degree in Gopalpur, 32.2 degree in Rayagada, 31.4 in Nabrangpur, 30.5 in Malkangiri and 30.2 in Balasore in the past 24 hours. Mercury level also dipped in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with 30.2 degree and 28 degree respectively. 

However, the weather department’s latest report suggests that the maximum temperature is mostly likely to spike to over 35-40 degree Celsius by coming Monday.

The temperature may reach 44 degrees by April 17, informed Umashankar Das, senior scientist at IMD’s regional centre in Bhubaneswar.

“After April 13, the temperature will start increasing and may reach 43-44 degrees by April 17. Higher humidity will remain in the coastal regions,” Das said.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed India’s heat preparedness plans with senior officials after IMD predicted summer temperatures in most parts of the country to be above normal. The PM also took stock of the availability of essential medicines, fluids, ice packs, ORS and drinking water facilities.