Bhubaneswar: Odisha witnessed a sizzling hot day Saturday with temperature above 40 degrees Celsius recorded at more than 11 major towns of the state.
While Titilagarh turned out to be the hottest place in the state with a maximum day temperature of 44 degrees, Bolangir recorded 43, Jharsuguda 42.2, Bhawanipatna, Malkangiri, Sonepur 42 each, Sambalpur 41.9, Hirakud 41.5, Angul 41.1, Sundargarh 40.5 and Phulbani 40.2 degrees Celsius.
The twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack registered 38 and 39 degrees respectively. At least three other cities in the state registered temperature close to 40 degrees.
The weatherman also predicted that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is likely to hit Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati and Ganjam districts Saturday.
The Regional Metrological Centre in the city said that the heatwave condition will persist for next three days. The effects will be especially felt in nine of the districts. These are – Jharsuguda, Baragarh, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Boudh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Malkangiri.
The maximum day temperature is likely to rise by 2 to 3 degree Celsius between April 28 to 30 in these places.