Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Temperature in as many as 10 districts of Odisha soared above 40 degree Celsius as heat wave conditions remained unabated in the State on Monday. The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority said heat wave conditions will persist for at least five days in around 15 districts including some in coastal and southern region.

Titlagarh in western Odisha and coal town of Talcher turned out to be the hottest places in the state, both recording a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Centre here said.

Bolangir followed closely behind with the highest temperature touching 42.5 degree Celsius, while Sambalpur recorded 42.1 degree Celsius, both Hirakud and Sonepur 42 degree, Jharsuguda and Bhawanipatna 41.8 degree, Malkangiri 41.4 degree and Angul 41.1 degree Celsius, it said.

In Bhubaneswar, which is situated in coastal Odisha and suffered devastation in cyclone Fani, the mercury stood at 37.2 degree Celsius. With a high relative humidity of 87 per cent and power supply yet to restored fully in the state capital, life was thrown out of gear in the city.

In neighbouring Cuttack, which too was ravaged by the cyclone, the highest temperature was 38.6 degrees, the MeT centre here said.

The weatherman said high temperature will continue for the next five days in 15 districts of the state and advised the people to avoid moving out in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm. People were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous activities when outside in the afternoon.