Bhubaneswar: The second weekend of June started with gross discomfort as the temperature of the city crossed 30 degrees Celcius by 5:30 am in the morning. However, it was not the soaring mercury levels, which people of the temple city have made peace with, that bothered, but the humidity.
Dampness in the atmosphere of Bhubaneswar was a staggering 96% which way early in the morning, which drained denizens both mentally and physically. The blistering heat and humidity impacted life in the city as roads became deserted as early as 8 am.
As the day progresses, the Capital City is very likely to witness a heatwave and the humidity levels will continue to remain inconvenient, the Met department stated.
Possibilities of dizziness, muscle cramp, dehydration, and heat stroke are very likely with such weather. Doctors have advised to remain hydrated always and avoid exposure to sunlight as much as possible.
While a delayed monsoon has extended the summer ridden with heatwaves, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast today morning was not so pleasing.
According to the Met Department, there will be no marked drop in maximum temperature across the State over the next three to four days and humidity levels will remain high in the coastal belt of the State.
The IMD has issued a heatwave alert for 10 districts – Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, and Keonjhar, for the next 24 hours.
Nor’wester-induced gusty winds accompanied by drizzles during late afternoon bring temporary relief, only to compound the concern.
As people eagerly wait for the monsoons to hit the State, Met experts said that Cyclone Biporjoy, which developed over the Arabian Sea on June 7, has influenced the progress.
“Humidity levels are spiraling abnormally, the weather today morning is intolerable. Waiting for the monsoons to end the summer woes,” a group of elderly morning walkers near IG Park said, panting.