Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Rains brought respite from extreme heat in Odisha today under the influence of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal and a nor'wester.

The mercury breached the 40 degrees Celsius mark in only four places in the state, all in the western region.

Titlagarh became the hottest place, recording 43 degrees Celsius, the MeT office here said.

Balangir town, which was hottest yesterday, recorded 42.5 degrees Celsius today while the mercury stood at 42.2 degrees Celsius in Bhawanipatna and 40 degrees Celsius in Hirakud, it said.

The drop in temperature was experienced after rains and thundershowers occurred in some areas, under the impact of a low pressure, while a nor'wester appeared to have acted as a coolant in some parts of the state.

The state capital, Bhubaneswar, registered a maximum of 37.8 degrees Celsius while Cuttack recorded 36 degrees Celsius, it said.

As many as 10 heat-related deaths have been reported in the state so far this summer, according to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

The MeT forecasts rains and thundershower at few places in the next 24 hour, it added.