Nine places in Odisha record temperature above 40 degree Celsius

Bhubaneswar: Despite marginal fall in the mercury level, there was little respite from the grueling summer heat in Odisha as the temperature soared above 40 degree Celsius in at least nine places on Sunday.

The high temperatures were recorded in western Odisha and the meteorological office here said heat wave conditions will persist for at least next five days in around 15 districts including some in coastal and southern region.

Jharsuguda in western Odisha was the hottest place in the state recording a maximum temperature of 43.5 degrees Celsius, it said.

Titlagarh followed closely behind with the highest temperature touching 43.5 degree Celsius, while Malkangiri recorded 43.4 degree Celsius, Sonepur 43.3 degree, Sambalpur 42.7 degree and Hirakud 42.4 degree Celsius, it said.

The maximum temperature at Bolangir stood at 42 degrees Celsius, while it was 41.5 degrees at Talcher and 41 degrees at Sundargarh.

In Bhubaneswar, which is situated in coastal Odisha and suffered devastation by Cyclone Fani, the mercury stood at 36.7 degree Celsius. With a high relative humidity of 95 per cent and power supply yet to restored fully in the state capital, life was thrown out of gear in the city.