Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 22:
After a brief lull from sweltering heat owing to cyclone Roanu, heat wave like condition today prevailed over most parts of Odisha as nine towns recorded over 40 degree centigrade temperature.
Bhubaneswar based Regional Meteorological Centre today predicted a further rise in temperature in coastal areas starting tomorrow. The increase might last two to three days leading to a heat wave.
While the heat wave alert would be issued over the coastal parts of Odisha starting tomorrow, the alert would be issued for the entire state starting day after tomorrow. Further, heat wave condition is likely to prevail at one or two places over interior Odisha, said a notification from the meteorological centre.
For the next 24 hours, the MeT office predicted thunder squall accompanied with hail and gusty surface wind reaching up to 60 kmph at one or two places over coastal areas including Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal and Rayagada.
In its evening bulletin, the Bhubaneswar MeT office forecasted partly cloudy sky and maximum and minimum temperature to be around 39 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius for Bhubaneswar on Monday.
The fisherman warning continues to stand.
Strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph and gusting 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea, said the bulletin.
The nine towns that recorded over 40 degrees today are: Jharsuguda – 43.4, Sambalpur – 41.2, Sundargarh – 40.0, Hirakud – 42.4, Bhawanipatna – 44.5, Bolangir – 45.0, Titilagarh – 45.5, Malkangiri – 44.4, and Sonepur – 41.9.
In the past 24 hours, while the highest temperature was measured at Titilagarh with 45.5 degree centigrade, Koraput experienced the lowest at 19.0 degree centigrade.