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Heat wave alert in coastal parts as temps soar

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BHUBANESWAR, March 15 -- In wake of the temperature soaring across Odisha, the Regional Office of the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) on Wednesday issued a heat wave alert for the coastal parts of the State.

The weather office predicted that the temperature may cross 40 degree Celsius in one or two places in coastal Odisha.

Places like Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Talcher, Chandbali and Baripada might experience scorching heat and humidity.

The rise in temperature in coastal parts of Odisha is caused by wind blowing from the west direction, said Regional Director Sarat Chandra Sahoo.

Most of the places including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Baripada, Angul and Dhenkanal have recorded maximum temperature above 37 degree Celsius in the past few days.

Bhubaneswar and Talcher were that hottest places in the State with maximum temperature 39.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday. The weather was sunny and heat wave prevailed over most parts of the State on Wednesday.

However, the temperature is likely to decrease from March 15 as the IMD predicted rain and thundershowers till March 18 in coastal and northern parts of the State.

Rain and thundershower are likely to occur at a few places over north Odisha and at one or two places over south Odisha. Thunder squalls accompanied with hail and gusty surface wind with speed of 50 to 60 kmph are likely to occur at one or two places over north and coastal Odisha on March 15, the IMD forecasted.

The temperature is likely to rise again from March 19 in the coastal parts.

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