Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Heatwave conditions intensified in many parts of Odisha on Friday with Titlagarh recording the highest temperature reading of 42.5 degree Celsius, as per the weather bulletin of India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The state, particularly western Odisha, virtually turned into a boiling cauldron as the mercury breached the 40 degree Celsius mark at five places. Titlagarh was followed by Sonepur, which recorded 42.4 degree celsius, while the mercury shot up to 42 degree Celsius at Bolangir, 40.6 degree Celsius at Malkangiri and 40.5 degree Celsius at Bhawanipatna.

Bhubaneswar and neighbouring Cuttack city recorded a maximum temperature of 37 degree Celsius and 35.5 degree Celsius respectively, added the IMD.

Earlier on Thursday, the IMD had issues thunderstorm alert for seven districts of Odisha. It had also predicted that though nor’wester rains is likely to bring down temperature in the districts, overall temperature across Odisha is likely to remain dry and humid.