**Bhubaneswar:** Temperature of nine major towns in Odisha crossed 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday for the first time this season. Bolangir recorded this season’s highest tempreture with 42 degree Celsius.
According to the regional office of Indian Meteorological Office (IMD), maximum temperature in Titilagarh and Anugul was 41.6 and 41.1 degree respectively.
People of Bhawanipatna and Hirakud also witnessed scorching heat with 41 and 40.5 degree temperature respectively.
However, IMD also predicted rainfall at some places in coastal Odisha from March 26 onwards.
The Met office also said that after the predicted rainfall, people from interior parts of the state will also witness a sharp fall in temperature. Along with rain, hailstorms are also expected during this period.
Speaking to the reporters, Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director India Meteorological Department (IMD), Odisha said, “People from coastal Odisha will witness light rainfall from 26th to 28th March. It will reduce the temperature across the state.”