Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha is currently grappling with severe heat wave conditions. As per IMD sources, it has been revealed that Bhubaneswar emerged as the sixth hottest place in Asia a day before. However, in what could be a good news for the people of the State, there will be a little respite from the heat wave conditions in most parts of the State in the next couple of days.

As per the prediction by Regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar, several places in the State may witness rain and hailstorm under the effect of Nor’wester on April 7-8. Hence, the mercury level is likely to fall a little bit for the next two days.

“A trough line is likely to develop in the middle and upper atmosphere on April 7-8. With moisture filled air flowing from Bay of Bengal into the State and under the effect of the trough line, several places in Odisha may witness Nor’westers. Under its effect, many places in the State will experience heavy rain and thunderstorm. Gusty winds up to 40 to 50 km per hour may blow during the period. Some parts of the State may witness hailstorm as well,” said Dr. Manorama Mohanty, Director of Regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Bhubaneswar.

“Northern and interior parts of Odisha are likely to be the most affected with Nor’westers on April 7. Costal districts may experience its intense effect on the following day,” she added.

Meanwhile, State Capital Bhubaneswar was the sixth hottest place in Asia on Friday with maximum temperature of 43.5 degree Celsius. Mercury level crossed over 40 degree Celsius in 25 cities across the State yesterday. As many as nine places in the State recorded maximum temperature over 42 degree Celsius.

IMD has allotted heat wave warning in as many as 14 districts across the State on Saturday. Warning has also been issued to the public not to venture outside during day time due to the chances of heat stroke.