IMD sounds heat wave alert in coastal Odisha; no respite till Apr 15

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday sounded heat wave alert in coastal Odisha.

Talking to the media here, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said the alarming rise in temperature in coastal Odisha is due to the flow of hot wind from the central and north-west India towards the state.

“Till April 5, the wind flow towards Odisha was from the south and south-west direction at 25-30 kmph. But the direction of wind was changed to west and north-west since last 24 hours from Central and north-western India where the temperature has gone up to 40 degree Celsius and above since last 4-5 days. Temperature in these regions was normal for some days due to sporadic rainfall and the wind flow from the west direction. Due to the change of the wind direction, the hot wind has started blowing towards coastal Odisha resulting in the further rise in the day temperature,” he added.

Talking about the abnormal rise in the temperature in coastal Odisha, Sahu said the wind flowing from west and north-west direction and moving towards the coastal region through Jharsuguda in western Odisha carries more heat from the dry land surface. As a result, there is a rise of temperature by 3-4 degrees in coastal Odisha.

He also said through there is a possibility of Kalabaisakhi in six districts viz., Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts in next 24 hours, there will be further rise in temperature in the state after April 9 which will continue up to April 15.

Meanwhile, a Met release this evening said the capital city remained the hottest place in the state for the second day today with 43.2 degrees.

Besides, temperature also went up to 40 degrees and above in Chandbali (41.7), Cuttack (41.4), Angul (40.9), Baripada (41.5), Jharsuguda (40), Keonjhar (40.3), Sambalpur (41.2), Hirakud (43.1), Talcher (42), Bhawanipatna (42.2), Balangir (42), Titlagarh (42.5) and Dhenkanal (41.1).