Heat Wave Alert Sounded, Toll 9

Published: 08th April 2016 06:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2016 06:56 AM   |  A+A-

Heat

BHUBANESWAR: With mercury showing no sign of a let-up, the met office on Thursday issued a heat wave warning across coastal Odisha where day temperature hovered well above the normal. Across the hot plate in the western zone, the temperature remained almost constant barring a marginal drop in a couple of places.

As the sweltering conditions persisted, the Special Relief Commissioner’s Control Room received as many as nine sun stroke deaths. Cuttack and Nayagarh districts reported two deaths each followed by one casualty each from Angul, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Khurda and Rayagada. None of the deaths has been officially confirmed as yet.

Heata.jpgThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, day temperature rose in many parts of coastal Odisha as no thundershower activity took place. Chandbali, Cuttack, Paradip, Gopalpur and Dhenkanal recorded a marginal jump in the day temperature. Bhubaneswar, which registered a record 43.2 degree Celsius for the second consecutive day, remained the hottest place of the State. Hirakud followed at 43.1 degree Celsius.

“The coastal districts will remain in grip of the heat wave for next 24 hours though there is forecast for a drop in day temperature across the region,” Director, IMD, Odisha Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

Odisha alone was not in the clutches of the blistering conditions. Independent weather forecaster Skymet said, Maharashtra, Telangana, Rayalaseema, East Madhya Pradesh, north interior Karnataka, East Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Chhattisgarh were also in the grip of heat wave. Maximum temperatures across these areas ranged from 42 degree C to 44 degree C.

However, day temperatures saw a substantial drop across the Central, East and Peninsular India in the last 48 hours but parts of West Bengal and Odisha continued to reel under the heat wave conditions. In next 24 hours, Skymet said, relief is likely as light to moderate rainfall may occur due to presence of several weather systems.

Though there will be a let up, it may be temporary as day temperatures will continue to settle above 40 degree C. Sahu also agreed that a dip in mercury is expected but temperature may soar again.

Skymet said, the region is vulnerable to the intense heat conditions during the pre-monsoon season and gets relief around the onset of southwest monsoon in June.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp