Mercury to hover around 40 degrees for a week

Bhubaneswar: Scorching hot days are expected to last at least for a week more with temperatures touching or crossing 40 degrees Celsius at most places in Odisha, said the Regional Meteorological Centre director Sarat Chandra Sahu on Saturday.

“The weather model indicates the situation will remain the same for the next one week. Wind will mostly flow from the western side with some variations. The percentage of humidity would be less as no wind is expected to flow from the sea side. There is no forecast of any rainfall nor thundersquall (kalabaisakhi) either,” Sahu said.

Maintaining that temperature in coastal districts is increasing due to absence of sea breeze, he forecast a heat wave in the coastal parts whereas interior parts are expected to have normal temperature.

Meanwhile, 18 places of the State recorded temperatures above 40 degree Celsius on Saturday. While Sundargarh recorded the highest temperature at 45 degree Celsius, Titilagarh was at 43.

The State capital recorded 42.2 degree Celsius while Cuttack was at 40.4.

Other places, which recorded above 40 degree Celsius, were Balasore 40.8, Chandbali 41.3, Angul 42.7, Baripada 42.1, Jharsuguda 42.5, Keonjhargarh 40.2, Sambalpur 41.8, Hirakud 42.3, Talcher 42.4, Bhawanipatna 42.5, Bolangir 42.5, Malkangiri 41.4, Sonepur 42.8 and Dhenkanal 41.2.

In a media release issued today, the MET department gave comparative figures of the highest maximum temperature recorded in April at major cities in the State in the last six years. Below is the table showing the trend: