Bhubaneswar: Many parts of Odisha experienced a little respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday. A number of places where the mercury level crossed or approached nearly 40 degree Celsius came down slightly by two to three degrees.
Sundargarh, Malkangiri and Rayagada turned out to be the hottest places in the state recording 38.8 degree Celsius each, while Angul closely followed with 37.1 degree and Bhubaneswar at 37 degree Celsius, the IMD's Regional Meteorological Centre here said.
Paralakhemundi witnessed the lowest of 31 degree Celsius while Cuttack recorded 36.5 degree Celsius, it said.
Meanwhile, dense fog engulfed the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and the pilgrim town of Puri on Thursday morning reducing the visibility and hitting traffic and vehicular movement.
Road communication on national highways was also affected as visibility reduced below 10-20 metre.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday had predicted shallow to moderate fog at few places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghapur, Cuttack and Khurda.
"There will not be much change in the day and night temperature for the next two days at most of the places in the State. However, after that the temperature may rise to 2-3 degrees above normal," said HR Biswas, a met department official.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)