Bhubaneswar, May 17 (PTI) Heat wave conditions persisted in western Odisha today with Sambalpur recording a high of 42.2 degree Celsius, while the coastal part of the state experienced respite as the mercury descended in the region.
While Sambalpur turned out to be the hottest place in the state, Sonepur sizzled at 42.1 degrees and both Hirakud and the coal town of Talcher recorded a maximum temperature of 41.4 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Centre said.
Sundargarh, Phulbani and Malkangiri recorded a maximum temperature of 41 degrees, followed by 40 degrees Celsius at Balangir and Titlagarh, 39.9 degrees in the industrial belt of Angul and 39.5 degrees Celsius in Jharsuguda, it said.
A total of 9 places in the state recorded temperature above 40 degrees Celsius out of which two stations registered temperature beyond 42 degrees Celsius.
In Bhubaneswar, the maximum temperature was 39.3 degrees Celsius, down from 40.6 degrees recorded yesterday, while Cuttack recorded 36.3 degrees Celsius as against 38 degrees Celsius recorded last night.
A report from the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said the sunstroke toll remained unchanged at 18, while the number of alleged deaths due to heat related incidents increased to 188.
Meanwhile, the MeT office here predicted thundersquall accompanied by gusty surface wind at one or two places over interior Odisha during next 48 hours.