Bhubaneswar: It’s only February and summer has not yet officially set in, but the mercury touched a blistering high of 39.2C in the city. The sudden jump in temperatures was witnessed across the state on Thursday. The Met centre forecast said it will only get hotter in the next four days.”A clear sky, weak sea wind, lack of northern wind and stronger southwest wind are the reasons for sudden rise in temperature,” said director of India Meteorological Department , Bhubaneswar, S C Sahu.The city’s temperature witnessed a rise of around three degrees as the day temperature jumped from 36.8C on Wednesday to 39.2C on Thursday.
More than 16 stations in the state recorded temperatures more than 35C with Angul and Malkangiri recording 38.7C and 38.4C respectively. The normal temperature in the state in February should be 32-33C. “Thursday was the hottest day in February in the last three years.