Despite rain, Odisha continues to reel under heatwave

Bhubaneswar: In Odisha, despite rainfall at some places yesterday most parts of the state continue to reel under severe heatwave conditions.

The maximum day temperature hovered above 40 degree Celsius in as many as seven places in the state today, as per a bulletin issued by the local Met office here this evening. Yesterday, 15 places witnessed temperature above 40 degree Celsius and six towns boiled at 45 degree Celsius.

Sundergarh and Titlagarh were the hottest places in the state today recording 43 degree Celsius each, the Met bulletin added.

Hirakud recorded 39.2 degree Celsius followed by Talcher (41.8), Sonepur (40.2), Malkangiri (41.8), Jharsuguda (40) and Balangir (41.8).

The state capital of Bhubaneswar recorded 35 degree Celsius against 42.5 degree Celsius yesterday. The neighbouring Cuttack witnessed 36 degree Celsius.

The coastal Odisha districts also witnessed a substantial rise in the maximum day temperature today.

Balasore recorded 36 degree Celsius followed by Chandbali (36.4), Gopalpur (31.6), Paradip (34), Puri (31.6) and Angul (37.1).

As people of Odisha have been waiting for the arrival of monsoon in order get relief from the heat wave, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) is unable to predict its arrival in the state.

The southwest monsoon had already hit Kerala on June 8.

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