At 46.7 deg C, state capital breaks 40-yr old record

Bhubaneswar: It seems there is no respite from the grueling heat waves as mercury in Bhubaneswar touched 46.7 degree Celsius on Tuesday, breaking the 40-yr old record measured on May 22, 1972, local meteorological department said.

Similarly on Tuesday residents of coastal district Balasore experienced the hottest summer day with mercury reaching 46 degree Celsius, that broke the 10-year old record.

On Monday Bhubaneswar boiled at 45.9 degree Celsius, while temperature in Baripada and Talcher reached 46 degree Celsius. The met department however has warned that the situation will continue for the next 24 hours. According to unofficial figures, heat waves in the state have so far claimed 105 lives, while officially the figure remains at 30.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the South-West monsoon has hit Kerala as the state is witnessing spells of rain at few places.

With mercury level hovering around 45 degree Celsius in most parts of the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday in a review meeting asked the departments concerned to take all precautionary measures to tackle the situation.