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Pradeep Singh

Several parts of Odisha continued to reel under severe heatwave conditions with four places registering temperature above 44 degree Celsius on Wednesday.

While Sonepur recorded the highest 44.5 degree Celsius, mercury soared at 44.1 degree Celsius in Angul. Jharsuguda and Bolangir each  recorded 44 degree Celsius, throwing normal life out of gear.

As per the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, 24 places in Odisha recorded maximum day temperature of more than 40 degree Celsius while 11 places recorded a maximum day temperature of 43 degree Celsius or more.

Speaking to OTV, Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Tuesday said the maximum (day)  temperature will rise by 1-2 degree Celsius in the interior areas of the State during the next four to five days.

"As per our prediction, heatwave condition is currently prevailing in Odisha. The extreme weather condition is being felt in some interior districts of the State. Heatwave will prevail in north and south interior districts of the State during the next five days from April 26 to April 30," he said.

However, the IMD DG predicted that there will be no heatwave condition in southern and coastal Odisha.

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