Odisha in for heave wave, warns weather office

Bhubaneswar, April 4 (IANS) The Met Office here Thursday issued season’s first heat wave warning for Odisha as the mercury crossed 40 degrees Celsius in several regions of the state.

“We have issued the season’s first heat wave warning today (Thursday) for this summer,” S.C. Sahu, director of the Meteorological Centre at Bhubaneswar, told IANS.

While the maximum temperature was hovering around 40 degrees Celsius in parts of coastal and western belt of the state, the state capital recorded a temperature of 41.2 degrees Celsius, he said.

The mercury could rise further in the state during the next two-three days, he added.

The office of the state’s special relief commissioner said there has been no report of any sunstroke death in any part of the Odisha so far. All the districts’ officials have been asked to remain prepared in view of the latest warning of the Met Office, an official said.

According to officials, over 2,000 people were killed in the state in May 1998 due to searing heat waves.

The day temperature had also risen to 50.1 degrees Celsius in Titilagarh town in Bolangir district in June 2003. This was the highest ever recorded temperature in the state.

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