Bhubaneswar: With no respite to the denizens reeling under the blistering heat wave and humidity, mercury continued to rose alarmingly in almost all MeT stations in the State today. Out of total 24 MeT stations in the State a half of them recorded temperature above 40 degree Celsius.
According to the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre release today, Titilagarh ruled at the top with a mercury level at the 46.5 degree Celsius which was a record of sorts. But Malkangiri, Bhawanipatna, Sonepur, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Hirakud and Sambalpur also remained equally hot places as these stations recorded more than 45 degree Celsius of temperature.
While Bhawanipatna recorded a mercury level at 45.2 degree Celsius, Sonepur (45.2), Bolangir (44.8), Jharsuguda (43.6), HIrakud (43.4), Sambalpur (43.4) followed it. Similalrly, state capital Bhubaneswar and millennium city Cuttack turned boiling pot with temperate of 39.3 and 38 degree Celsius respectively.
To go by the met department release, rain or thunder showers are most likely to occur at one or two places in the states like, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Koraput, Bolangir, Berhampur, Sonepur, Sambalpur and Sudergarh with wind speed reaching 60kmph there in next 24 hours. The condition would remain the same in interior Odisha for next four to five days with rest of the State remaining overall dry.