Odisha swelters as heatwave grips state: IMD issues alerts

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Bhubaneswar, (Reporterapen), April 16: Odisha is in the grip of a scorching heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 40°C or higher in six areas by 2:30 PM on Tuesday. Bhubaneswar leads the charge with a blistering 41.9°C, closely followed by Chandbali at 41.6°C, Jharsuguda at 41.4°C, Balasore at 40.5°C, Sambalpur at 40.3°C, and Keonjhar at an even 40°C. Other regions also face significant heat, prompting warnings across the state.

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) regional center highlights these extreme temperatures, alerting to prolonged high temperatures across Odisha. Bhubaneswar, Chandbali, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Rourkela, Hirakud, Gopalpur, Puri, and Paradip are among the areas notably impacted.

In response, the IMD has issued a yellow warning for heatwave conditions in 20 districts, foreseeing sustained high temperatures over the next four days. Special attention is given to vulnerable groups, including the elderly, children, and pregnant women, with advice to limit outdoor activities between 11 am and 3 pm.

Forecasters predict a further increase of 4°C to 5°C in maximum temperatures in the upcoming days. Heatwave alerts are set for April 17 in districts such as Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kendrapada, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Angul, Bhadrak, Boudh, and Khurda.

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