Rashmi Ranjan

After a brief respite from the sweltering heat wave conditions under the influence of Nor'wester rains, several parts of Odisha experienced heat and humid weather on Monday.

According to a bulletin issued by the regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar, as many as 14 places in the State recorded temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or above today.

Boudh was the hottest place in the State with the mercury touching 42 degrees Celsius followed by Jharsuguda and Sambalpur (41.6), Rourkela (41.4), Angul (41.1), Sundargarh (41), Talcher (40.8), Bolangir and Jagatsinghpur (40.5), Chandbali (40.2), Titlagarh, Sonepur, Nayagarh and Kendrapara (40).

The twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded 39.5 and 38.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Earlier in the day, the IMD had predicted a rise in the maximum temperature by two to three degrees in the next two days.

As per the IMD, the day temperature is likely to be 40 degrees Celsius or above at a few places over the districts of the state during the next four to five days.

The Odisha Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office also issued an advisory in view of the IMD forecast.