Respite for Coastal Areas, Western Belt Sizzles at 40 - The New Indian Express

Respite for Coastal Areas, Western Belt Sizzles at 40

Published: 01st May 2014 08:48 AM

Last Updated: 01st May 2014 11:56 AM

Northern and southern coastal Odisha breathed a sigh of relief as day temperature depicted a downward trend but central and adjoining western districts of the State continued to sizzle on Wednesday.

Talcher, which has emerged as the hottest place of the State, remained in the 44 degree Celsius bracket with maximum day temperature reading 44.3 degree, followed by Angul at 43.7 degree C on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Balangir district reported four alleged sunstroke deaths on Wednesday as the unofficial death toll reached 30, up by six casualties since Tuesday. The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) office put the official figure at three - two from Mayurbhanj and one in Cuttack.

The weather office said showers in Balasore and Mayurbhanj as well as Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal led to a drop in the day temperature. Day temperature in Balasore fell to 35.3 degree C following rain in the last two days. But there was no change in the conditions in western and central districts where the average day temperature hovered around 40 degree C as many parts of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Balangir reeled under the blistering conditions.

In Bhubaneswar, the day temperature jumped to 42.2 degree Celsius on the day. Adding to the woes of the people were the unscheduled power-cuts in many parts of the State. Even the Capital City was not spared.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted a marginal fall in mercury after May 3. Although the drop is not expected to be huge, the models show an overall decrease.

In fact, the weather office was pinning its hope on a system forming off Sri Lanka coast to affect the temperature level. Currently, a cyclonic circulation, which the system shows a tendency of moving in a westerly direction towards Arabian Sea, would leave a little or no impact on the Bay of Bengal.

“If it had made a northerly or north westerly move, we could have expected a change in the temperature profile in the eastern coast,” IMD, Odisha Director SC Sahu said. However, such a system could lead to increased clouding that may help reduce the temperature.

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