Mrunal Manmay Dash

Scorching heat is likely to persist for the next four to five days, said IMD Bhubaneswar scientist, Umashankar Das on Wednesday.

Speaking to OTV, Das said, “Temperature in many parts of Odisha has increased because of dry winds. Twelve cities in Odisha had recorded temperature of more than 36 degrees on Tuesday with Bhubaneswar registering 38 degrees.”

“The heat situation is unlikely to change in the next 4-5 days with a persistent dry weather across the State,” he added.

Several places in Odisha including Bhubaneswar have been witnessing sudden rise in the maximum temperature in the past few days. Earlier Malkangiri had recorded the maximum temperature of 36 degrees on Monday.

The met office has predicted that Bhubaneswar’s temperature might set a new record this year. This year’s temperature in February may surpass the 1963 record.

In February 1963, Bhubaneswar had recorded 42.7 degrees Celsius that is an all-time high for the month.

It is now mid-February and the sultry weather condition being felt now indicates that the temperature may break the 40-year-old record.

People are already taking precautions to avoid the scorching sun. While pedestrians are seen using umbrellas, cyclists are seen covering their faces with wet clothes.

(Reported By Chandan Paikray, OTV)