Orissa town sizzles at 44.3 degrees

April 18th, 2009 - 9:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, April 18 (IANS) A severe heat wave is sweeping across Orissa with the industrial town of Talcher recording a maximum of 44.3 degree Celsius Saturday, an official said.
“Heat wave conditions are prevailing in several areas of the state. Several places recorded maximum temperature above 40 degrees today (Saturday),” A. Das, an official at the Bhubaneswar meteorological office, told IANS.

The same condition is likely to prevail over some part of the state during the next 48 hours, he said, adding that the weather will remain mainly dry.

The other places which recorded maximum temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday included Angul (43.7), Bolangir (43.4), Sambalpur (43.2), Sundergarh (43.0), Balasore (41.5) and Malkangiri (41.8), he said.

“It was extremely hot and we could not move during peak hours. We were sweating despite the fan,” Ranjib Sahu, a resident of Talcher town, some 169 km from the state capital, told IANS over phone.

Maximum temperatures however remained lower in coastal areas. While state capital Bhubaneswar recorded 38.6 degrees, the coastal town of Puri recorded 32.2 degrees Celsius.

Cuttack and Paradeep towns recorded 39.7 and 31.8 degrees Celsius respectively.

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