Heat wave to prevail for two more days in Odisha
The mercury level remained above 40 degrees Celsius in 13 places of Odisha on Wednesday with Sonepur the hottest place at 44.2 degrees C, while the sunstroke toll remained at 14.
The number of alleged sunstroke death cases has increased to 152 of which 14 have been confirmed as heat-related ones, a report from the office of the Special Relief Commissioner said. Sonepur was followed by Bhawanipatna and Titlagarh at 43.5.
Other places which experienced the heat wave condition were Bolangir at 43 degrees C, Angul at 42.7 and Jharsuguda at 42.4, the Met office here said.
The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar increased to 41.5 against Tuesday’s 40.8 degrees Celsius, it said adding relative humidity at 75 per cent.
Meanwhile, a bulletin issued by the Met office said the heat wave condition would prevail for two more days and thunder squall may occur at some places in the State.
The Hindu, Bhubaneswar, May 5, 2016
IMD issues severe heatwave warning in Odisha
India Meteorology Department (IMD) on Thursday issued severe heatwave warning in coastal Odisha as temperature started soaring again after a slight drop. Met office warned hotter days as most part of the region will witness temperature five degrees above normal in the next few days.
Bhubaneswar was one of the hottest places in the state with temperature jumping to 45.3 degree Celsius on Thursday about eight degrees above normal from 42.8 degree Celsius on Wednesday. Sonepur and Talcher recorded the highest temperature of 45.4 degree Celsius on Thursday.
Hot wind blowing from Central India and adjoining east Uttar Pradesh attributed for the intense heat wave conditions. "Lack of clouds and sudden change in wind direction led to sudden rise in temperature in coastal districts," said IMD's Bhubaneswar Centre director, Sarat Chandra Sahu.
The state has broken several records in highest temperature this month with mercury touching 45.8 degree Celsius highest in the month of April in Bhubaneswar on April 11. Similarly Titlagarh recorded highest of 45.8 degree Celsius on April 24.
Temperature would be around 45 degree Celsius in coastal Odisha and 42 degree Celsius in interior Odisha till May 3, after which there may be some relief, Sahu added. Eighteen other stations in Odisha have recorded maximum temperature above 40 degree Celsius of which four places recorded temperature above 44 degree Celsius on Thursday. A few more places in coastal parts were also sizzling at high temperature like Chandbali recording 44.2 degree Celsius and Cuttack 43 degree Celsius. As many as nine persons have died of sunstroke death while 119 cases of heat stroke death complaints reported so far this year.
Times of India, 28.04.2016