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Somatirtha Purohit

Odisha continued to sizzle due to steep rise in mercury with Sonepur recording 44.5 degrees Celsius- the highest temperature of the year- on Wednesday. 

As per the data shared by the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar, several places in the State recorded over 40 degree Celsius on Wednesday.

Bolangir recorded 44 degree Celcius while mercury jumped to 43 degree Celcius in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Titilagarh.

Similarly, Sambalpur recorded 42.4 degree Celcius, Angul 42.1 degree Celcius, Nuapada and Bhawanipatna 41.5 degree Celcius.

Talcher recorded a temperature of 41.4 degree Celcius, Hirakud 41 degree Celcius, Paralakhemundi 40.8 degree Celcius, Keojhar and Bargarh 40.6 degree Celcius, Bhadrak 40.5 degree Celcius, Baripada 40.4 degree Celcius, Nayagarh and Malkangiri recorded 40 degree Celcius.

Among others, Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum temperature of 37.1 degree Celsius while Cuttack recorded 37 degree Celsius.

On the other hand, hot weather conditions are likely to prevail for the next 24 hours as the mercury will soar above 40 degrees Celsius at many places in the interior parts and above normal by three-four notches in some areas of the state, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said.

The weatherman advised people to take precautionary measures while going outside between 11 am and 3 pm, PTI reported. The MeT centre also forecast thunderstorms with gusty wind speed of 40-50 kmph at some places on Thursday.

There can be thunderstorms and scattered rain in many districts till Friday due to strong southwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal to the northeastern states, it said. 

The maximum temperature will fall by 2-3 degrees Celsius over the subsequent couple of days, following which it will gradually rise again from Sunday, according to the department.

(With PTI Inputs)

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