Bhubaneswar: Mercury continued to soar on Sunday in major parts of the State with Angul scorching at 44.7 degree Celsius while the day temperature breached the 44 degree Celsius mark in at least four places 40 degree Celsius in at least 15 places in the State. The State capital recorded 43.6 degree Celsius. On Saturday Bhubaneswar recorded 38.8 degree Celsius.
In Cuttack, the mercury rose to settle at 40.8 degree Celsius from Saturday’s 38 degree Celsius.
According to the MeT release, Angul was closely followed by Titlagarh at 44.5 degree Celsius, Jharsuguda (44.3), Hirakud (44), Balangir (43), Talcher (42.4), Sonepur and Sambalpur (42.2), Chandbali (41.9), Bhawanipatna (41.8), Baripada (41.5), Phulbani (40.2) and Keonjhar (40).
Meanwhile, the local MeT centre predicted nor’wester in Kandhamal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada districts in next 24 hours. It further predicted heatwave likely to occur at one or two places over Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Khurda, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Sonepur, Angul, Boudh, Bhadrak and Cuttack.
On the other hand, it too predicted pre-monsoon showers in most parts of the State from June 8 and arrival of southwest monsoon on Odisha coast by second week of June.