Heat wave grips Odisha; capital city sizzles at 41.7 degrees

Bhubaneswar: With the temperature going up alarmingly in most places in Odisha on Sunday with the capital city recording the highest 41.7 degree Celsius, the local Met office has warned that the condition would continue in the state for a week.

Talking to OTV, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Regional Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said the wind flow is from north-west and west direction up to 1.5 km from the surface level which is a favourable condition for the rise in temperature. Besides, clear sky condition has also largely contributed to the rise in temperature.

“As per the model indicator, the heat wave condition is most likely to continue till March 27-28,” he added.

He said temperature is likely to go up further in Central Odisha like Angul, Talcher, Khurda, Cuttack, Bolangir and Kalahandi.

Sahu further said a cylonic circulation has been formed over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim from a where trough line is stretched up to north Odisha. Besides, wind flow in South Odisha is from west and north-west direction while in North Odisha, the wind flow is from south-west direction.

“Compared to the wind flow, the wind speed is faster in South Odisha (around 25-30 kmph) which indicates sporadic rainfall at few places in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak districts in the next 24 hours while weather would remain dry in the remaining areas of the state,” he pointed out.

As per the Met release this evening, apart from Bhubaneswar, temperature went up to 40 degrees and above in Bhawanipatna (40.2), Bolangir (40), Titlagarh (40) and Malkangiri (40.6).

Besides, temperature hovered around 37-39 degrees in Chandbali (39), Cuttack (38.4), Angul (39.7), Jharsuguda (39.3), Sambalpur (38.8), Sundergarh (37.5), Hirakud (38.7), Talcher (39.2) and Phulbani (37).

Normal life came to a standstill in the capital city today as temperature rose sharply by four degrees. With rise in temperature, the hot westerly wind which started from around 11 AM and continued till 3 PM, made the life of the people miserable. Due to the blistering heat wave, busy thoroughfares and market places wore a deserted look.