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In a much-awaited respite from the sweltering heat, parts of the capital city Bhubaneswar, and coastal districts of Odisha witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Thursday morning. 

The residents of the state capital rejoiced and breathed a sigh of relief with rain lashing Old Town, Airport, Khandagiri, and other areas in the city. More relief is likely on the cards as the rainfall is the sign of the advance of the monsoon which is likely to set in over the state in a day or two, reports said.

Following the rainfall, the maximum temperature at most places in the state significantly dropped by 3-4 degree Celsius. The IMD, Bhubaneswar stated that conditions are favourable for further advancement of the Monsoon in parts of the state over the next one or two days.

However, parts of western Odisha would continue to boil due to the excess heatwave with the temperature remaining above 40 degrees Celsius. Heatwave is likely to prevail in districts like Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, and Bargarh in the next 24 hours.

Rain alert warning has been sounded for Puri, Khordha (Bhubaneswar), Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur and Kalahandi for three hours. 

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