Bhubaneswar: Odisha sweltered under intense heatwave conditions today with 21 towns recording maximum day temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius or more.
Titilagarh in the western part of the State was the hottest place recording 45.5 degrees Celsius, the highest ever temperature of the current season.
Similarly, three towns recorded maximum temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius or more.
Besides, nine towns recorded maximum temperatures of 44 degrees Celsius or more.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the towns that recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and above are Angul (44.5), Jharsuguda (44.9), Keonjhar (42.0), Sambalpur (44.3), Sundargarh (44.0), Hirakud (43.5), Bhawanipatna (42.5), Bolangir (45.0), Phulbani (41.9), Titilagarh (45.5), Talcher (42.7), Bhadrak (41.5), Jajpur (41.0), Deogarh (41.5), Bargarh (44.4), Nuapada (42.5), Sonepur (44.7), Boudh (45.0), Nayagarh (42.0), Paralakhemundi (42.5) and Malkangiri (40.0).
The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack remained comparatively tolerable with maximum temperatures of 37.8 and 36.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
The seaside town of Gopalpur remained the coolest place in the State with a maximum temperature of 30.8 degrees Celsius followed by Puri with 33.0 and Paradeep with 33.4.