Heat wave relents on coast; continues to roast rest of state

Bhubaneswar: While the people of coastal Odisha had a slight respite from the gruelling heat wave, there is no end to the miseries of the people in the west and central region of the state as mercury continues to stay in the forties.

A Met release this evening said Titlagarh was the hottest place in the state today at 45.5 degree Celsius while temperature went up to 40 degrees and beyond in 15 places: Chandbali (41.9), Cuttack (40.2), Bhubaneswar (40.2), Angul (43.1), Jharsuguda (42.8), Keonjhar (41.3), Sambalpur (42.8), Sundergarh (42), Hirakud (42.7), Talcher (43.5), Bhawanipatna (44), Balangir (43.5), Phulbani (40.2), Malkangiri (43.4) and Sonepur (45.1).

Though temperature stayed above 40 degrees in Bhubaneswar (40.2) and Cuttack (40.2)in the coastal belt, it remained below 40 degrees in the remaining part of this coastal region.

Talking to OTV, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar Dr. Sarat Chandra Sahu said the heat wave conditions in western and central Odisha would prevail for the next five days. He said there has been a drop in the temperature in the coastal areas.

“Generally, sea breeze plays a vital role in the rise and fall in temperature in coastal Odisha. If the speed of the sea breeze increases, carries enough water vapours and goes up to the upper air with the support of meteorological phenomenon, it will lead to formation of clouds and trigger kalabaisakhi (Norwester) in some parts of the coastal belt. If there is no supporting phenomena and the sea breeze flows from south and south-east direction at a reasonable speed, it will carry more moisture to the land, which will result in the rise in the humidity level. If the humidity goes up, there will be a possibility of kalabaisakhi in some parts of the coastal districts,” Sahu said.

He further said the condition will prevail up to April 21.