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12 June 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: The Capital City hit an all-time high temperature of 41 degree Celsius of this season on Monday, leaving residents reeling amid a blistering heat wave. Bhubaneswar witnessed heat wave conditions since Tuesday when the mercury level crossed 40 degrees.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that the heat wave is likely to prevail over the next three days. It also said that the monsoon is likely to be delayed due to the impact of cyclone Vayu.

Apart from State Capital, the situation across Odisha has been alarming as temperatures at multiple locations crossed 45 degree Celsius. The loss of green cover in the aftermath of cyclone Fani in Khurda and Puri has worsened the conditions across the two districts.

The weather department has warned that heat wave conditions will persist particularly in the western region of the state for at least next two days and advised people to take precautions.

"Heatwave was prevalent in Western Odisha over the past 24 hours when Sambalpur recorded maximum temperature of 45 degrees. In next 24 hours the heat wave will prevail over Western Odisha and isolated pockets of coastal Odisha," IMD Bhubaneswar Director, HR Biswas said.

Khurda (Bhubaneswar), Cuttack, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Dhenkanal are going to reel under the heatwave conditions on Wednesday and Thursday. Heatwave warning has been issued for the next three days till Friday, he added.

Intense heatwave conditions also swept Sundergarh, Jharsugurda, Deogarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Bargarh, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Boudh and Angul districts. The IMD has advised people not to expose themselves directly to sunlight and take necessary precautions due to the heat wave.

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HR Biswas, IMD Director, Bhubaneswar