Odishatv Bureau

Odisha witnessed its third longest heat wave spell in the past one and a half decades in April this year. As per the data shared by the IMD Bhubaneswar scientist, Umashankar Das on his X handle, the April of 2024 saw the heat wave spell continue from April 14 till April 30th. The heat wave was witnessed for as many as 16 days in succession in April 2024. 

However, the in the past 15 years since 2009, the longest heat wave spell was witnessed in the April of 2010 with a continuous streak of 23 days. Second on the list is the April of 2016, when the state witnessed a heat wave for as long as 21 days. 

On the last day of April 2024, as many as three places from the state were among the ten hottest places in the world.
While Baripada in Mayurbhanj became the second hottest place in the world with 46.4 degrees Celsius, Balasore and Bhubaneswar were the third and tenth hottest places, respectively. 

In fact, on April 30, 2024, Baripada witnessed its all-time high temperature of 46.4°C. Its earlier record stood at 46.1° C recorded on April 21, 2010.