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Odisha sizzles under intense heatwave, 13 places record temp above 40 degree Celsius

Bhubaneswar: Several places in Odisha sizzled under intense heatwave conditions as the temperature soared above 40 degree Celsius in at least 13 places in the state on Monday, the Regional Meteorological Centre said.

Titlagarh records highest day-time temperature today in Odisha with 45.5 degree Celsius, followed by Talcher at 44.9 degree Celsius.

The MeT department said that the intense heatwave conditions may prevail for the next four days in most parts of the state, especially in the western region.

Talcher was closely followed by Bolangir which recorded 44.8 degree Celsius, while the mercury stood at 44.6 degree in Bhawanipatna, 44.2 degree in Jharsuguda, 43.5 degree Celsius at Angul, 43.4 degree in Sambalpur and 43.3 degree Celsius at Hirakud, the MeT centre said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 43.2 degree Celsius at Boudh, 42.2 degree in Sonepur, 42 degree in Malkangiri, 41.4 degree at Phulbani and 40.5 degree Celsius in Sundargarh, it added.

In view of the prevailing heatwave conditions, Odisha government has already asked all the district collectors to remain alert and take precautionary measures to deal with the any untoward situation arising out of the scorching heat.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena has directed all the Collectors to ensure precautionary measures for tackling the situation as the temperature has shot up across the state.

Meanwhile, weather expert at Bhubaneswar MeT, Uma Shankar Das said that several places in the State may witness rainfall in the next five days.

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