Bhubaneswar: The State reeled under blistering heat wave for another day despite the fact that, Monsoon entered Andaman and Nicobar Island six days ahead of the predicted date today. To go by MeT department sources, around 7 cities in the State touched the 43 degree Celsius mark till the afternoon today bringing life in Odisha to a grinding halt.
Informing on the heat wave situation in Odisha, the director of the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, Sarat Chandra Sahu said, the rise in mercury level in the State would continue for next seven days during which nor wester is possible at several places. He claimed, denizens may get an early relief from summer if the South-Western Monsoon which touched Andaman early, keeps up with its pace. He predicted that Monsoon with its current pace could heat Odisha in June second week but declined to guarantee on it. He insisted a clear picture could be given only after Monsoon heats Kerala.
If to go by the report of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, around 40 cities in the State recorded a temperature above 40 degree Celsius today. While Bolangir ruled at the top with 45.2 degree Celsius, Titilagarh (45), Sambalpur (44.8), Hirakud (44.1), Angul and Jharsuguda (43.9) followed it.
Not lagging much behind the hottest cities of the State Bhubaneswar and Cuttack recorded a highest 40.3 and 40.4 degree Celsius of temperature today.