Pradeep Pattanayak

Heat wave further intensified in Odisha as mercury touched 47°C in Jharsuguda on Thursday. It was the season's highest temperature thus far in the State.

This information was shared by IMD, Bhubaneswar scientist Umashankar Das on his X handle. 

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As per the IMD, as many as nine towns recorded temperatures over 44 degrees Celsius. After Jharsuguda, the second hottest town was Titlagarh with 46.5 degrees Celsius. Other places with temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius were Bargarh (46.3 degrees Celsius), Sambalpur (46.2 degrees Celsius), Malkangiri and Sonepur (45.6 degrees Celsius each), Bhawanipatna (45.5 degrees Celsius), Bolangir (45.3 degrees Celsius and Hirakud (45.2 degrees Celsius) 

The blistering heat wave conditions in Jharsuguda threw normal life out of gear today. With the temperature starting to rise in the morning itself, people preferred to stay inside. People with some urgencies were seen commuting, that too with protective measures. Otherwise, the roads bore a deserted look.  

“I have been living in Jharsuguda for the last 14 years. I have never ever experienced such scorching weather. If we step out of the house, we feel breathless. Frequent power cuts are adding to our woes,” said Tarun Kumar Ojha, a Jharsuguda resident.

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