BHUBANESWAR: Severe heatwave conditions continued to prevail in most parts of the State as Western Odisha town of Titlagarh recorded 47 degree Celsius, the highest in the season.
Besides, another Western Odisha town Sonepur recorded 46.2 degree Celsius. There seems to be no relief from the severe heat conditions in near future. The IMD in its forecast said heatwave condition is likely to prevail at most places in coastal and many places in interior parts of the State during next 24 hours.
Director, IMD, Bhubaneswar Centre, Sarat Sahu said severe heatwave conditions will continue till April 23 in coastal region and interior parts of the State.
Temperature crossed 45 degree Celsius at least in seven places in the State including Hirakud and Talcher (45.6 degree), Jharsuguda (45.3 degree), Angul (45.1 degree) and Sundergarh, Bhawanipatna and Balangir (45 degree Celsius).
Mercury recorded 44 degree Celsius or more in three places. They include Sambalpur (44.8 degree), Dhenkanal (44.3 degree) and Keonjhar (44 degree).
Bhubaneswar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 39.9 degree on Wednesday, registered 40.3 degree on Thursday with relative humidity of 90 per cent.
Meanwhile, reports of 66 deaths due to heat stroke have been received by the office of the Special Relief Commission (SRC) from different parts of the State.
Death of one case has been confirmed due to sun stroke while in 17 other cases, the reasons were found to be different, a release from SRC’s office said. The remaining 48 cases are under inquiry.
A Health and Family Welfare department report said 34 patients with heat-related complaints were treated in different hospitals since Wednesday.