Odisha braces for extended heatwave, IMD warns of sweltering days ahead

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Bhubaneswar, (Reporterspen),April 27: The state braces for an extended spell of scorching heat as dry winds persist, according to Umashankar Dash, a scientist at IMD Bhubaneswar. Daytime temperatures are expected to soar by 2 degrees Celsius in various areas, with many regions likely to reach a sweltering 45 degrees Celsius over the next four days. Despite the occasional presence of westerly winds, this heatwave is anticipated to endure until May 2.

Dash noted that the Kalabaisakhi rain, experienced in some southern parts of Odisha on Friday, is unlikely to provide relief from the daytime heat. Nabarangpur received the highest rainfall of 9.1 mm on Friday afternoon under the influence of westerly winds.

Additionally, Dash issued warnings of a heatwave to severe heatwave conditions for several districts over the next 24 hours, with no significant changes expected in the weather system for the next four days.
Residents are advised to take necessary precautions, including remaining indoors during peak daytime hours, to avoid heat-related illnesses.

As of today, the heatwave persists, with temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius in several places by 8:30 AM. Talcher recorded the highest temperature at 36.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Baripada at 36 degrees Celsius. Keonjhar, Rourkela, and Bolangir reported temperatures of 34.8 degrees Celsius each, while Bhawanipatna, Balasore, and Boudh recorded 34 degrees Celsius each.

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