Bhubaneswar: Odisha reeled under searing heatwave conditions with maximum temperatures crossing the oppressive 40 degrees Celsius mark in as many as 22 places in the State, according to IMD data.
While 14 places recorded a maximum day temperature of 42 degrees or more, nine places recorded a maximum day temperature of 43 degrees or more.
With a maximum day temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius Boudh was the hottest place in the State today.
The places that recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or more are Angul (43.1), Baripada (43.8), Jharsuguda (43.9), Keonjhar (41.3), Sambalpur (43.1), Sundargarh (43.0), Hirakud (42.3), Bhawanipatna (42.0), Bolangir (43.8), Titilagarh (43.5), Rayagada (40.1), Bhadrak (41.0), Jajpur(41.0), Dhenkanal (40.6), Deogarh (42.8), Bargarh (42.0), Nuapada (41.0), Khordha (42.0), Sonepur (43.6), Boudh (44.5), Nayagarh (41.0), and Paralakhemundi (41.7).
The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack recorded maximum temperatures of 39.6 and 38.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
The seaside town of Gopalpur was the coolest with 31.1 degrees Celsius followed by Puri with 33.0 and Paradip with 33.2.
The IMD has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Angul, Deogarh, Sonepur, Bolangir, and Mayurbhanj forecasting heatwave condition is very likely to prevail at one or two places over these districts during the next 24 hours.
The IMD has said that due to Northwesterly/Westerly dry air at lower levels and high solar insolation maximum temperature (Day Temperature) is likely to increase slightly about 2°C at a few places over the districts of interior Odisha and due to the incursion of southerly along the coastal area near surface levels maximum temperature likely to fall slightly by about 2°C over districts of coastal Odisha during next 2 days and no large change thereafter.
Further, the maximum temperature is likely to be above normal by 3 to 5°C at many places over districts of interior Odisha and is likely to be above normal by 2 to 3 °C at a few places of coastal Odisha during the next 4 to 5 days, the IMD said.
People have been advised to take precautionary measures while going outside during the daytime between 11 AM to 3 PM.