Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar today predicted that many places of the State will experience intense heat wave conditions for next three days.

According to sources, the Met department has informed that intense heat wave is likely to hit the State for next three days in the districts-- Jharsuguda, Angul, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Nuapada, Sundergarh, Bargarh, Subarnapur and Bolangir.

As per meteorological data, temperature crossed 40 degree Celsius mark in 11 places across the State today. Talcher recorded highest temperature of 44.6 degree C followed by Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Malkangiri with 44 degree C each. Similarly, Bolangir recorded 43.8, Sonepur-43.6, Hirakud-43.1, Jharsuguda-43, Bhawanipata-42.6, Angul-41.1 and Sundergarh-41. Mercury stayed at 39.2 Celsius in capital Bhubaneswar while Cuttack recorded 38.8 degree Celsius.

The heat wave has turned the State into a burning cauldron with as many as 9 cities recording temperatures above 44 degree Celsius on Saturday. Titlagarh recorded temperature of 46.5 degree Celsius on Saturday followed by Bolangir with 46.3 degree Celsius.

"We have issued heatwave warning for some western Odisha districts including Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Nuapada and Sundergarh for the next 24 hours," informs Meteorologist Sudarshan Mishra.