Bhubaneswar: The steep rise in day temperatures has sent people of Odisha scurrying for cover, with the mercury soaring past 44 degree Celsius.
The heat wave has gripped several parts of Odisha with the district headquarter town of Sambalpur, about 320 km from here, Monday recording 44.1 degrees Celsius, the day’s highest in the State, an official said.
While two other places, Sonepur and Titilagarh, recorded 44 degrees Celsius each, at least ten other places recorded between 40 and 43 degrees, sources from the meteorological department said.
The other places which recorded high temperatures included Hirakud (43.5 degrees), Jharsuguda (43.2 degrees) and Sundergarh (42.6 degrees).
The state capital Bhubaneswar and its adjoining Cuttack city remained comparatively cool, recording a maximum temperature of 40.2 and 38.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.
However, with warm winds blowing across the city, afternoons present a deserted look as most people prefer remaining indoors. For the ones who have to step out, it is a harrowing experience.
Apart from this power cuts have also made life miserable for people in many parts of the State.
The weather department has forecast harsher times ahead for the State as the mercury is likely to touch 45-plus.
Source: 360 NS