Vikash Sharma

As expected, mercury neared the 44 degrees Celsius mark in Bhubaneswar on Friday. The maximum temperature recorded in the Capital city by 2:30 PM was 43.2 degrees Celsius, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Later, the mercury settled at 43.5 degree C today.

By 11 AM on Friday, the mercury breached the 39 degrees C mark. The steep rise in the maximum temperature created all sorts of problems for the commuters as well as others in Bhubaneswar. Several districts of Odisha have been experiencing intense heat wave over the past few days.

“The heat has become unbearable. Today, we heard that the maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar touched the 43 degrees Celsius mark. Only God knows what will happen next. It is practically impossible to move out in such scorching heat,” said a local resident.

Another local resident said, “We do not have any option. We have to move out to complete our daily chores. But it is really hard to bear with such extreme hot and humid conditions. Especially, we feel the pinch of the heat while stopping at traffic signals.”

Meanwhile, the IMD has issued a yellow warning for heat wave in 14 districts of Odisha in the next 24 hours.

Apart from the heat wave, the IMD has also issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in several parts of the state in the coming days. This is likely to provide some respite from the scorching heat.

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