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Harsh summers ahead; Odisha to sizzle as temperature to rise above normal

Bhubaneswar: Get ready for hot and sultry days as the maximum temperature in Odisha will be above normal for a long period of three months till May, predicts the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday.

The probability forecast for maximum temperature issued for several sub-divisions of India issued by IMD indicates above normal maximum temperature in Odisha from March to May, 2021.

Apart from Odisha, above normal maximum temperatures will also prevail in most of the subdivisions of north, northwest and northeast India, few subdivisions of eastern Chhattisgarh and western (Gujarat region and Saurashtra and Kutch) parts of central India, and few coastal subdivisions (Konkan &Goa and Coastal Andhra Pradesh) of north peninsular India.

According to IMD, most of the subdivisions of south peninsular India and adjoining central India are likely to experience below normal maximum temperatures between March-April-May this year.

The models also indicate that above normal minimum temperature are likely over most of the subdivisions of north India along the foothills of Himalayas, northeast India, western part of central India and, southern parts of peninsular India.

Similarly, most of the subdivisions of east and adjoining central India and few subdivisions of extreme northern part of the country are likely to experience below normal minimum temperatures.

It is pertinent to mention here that already several parts of Odisha are experiencing a sudden rise in maximum temperature for the last one week.

The maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar had already breached the 40 degree Celius mark in February this year.

IMD’s regional centre in Bhubaneswar on Monday issued an alert regarding rise in temperature by 5 degree Celsius in several parts of Odisha in the next 24 hours.

The alert has been issued for the districts of Khurda, Cuttack, Angul, Boudh, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Nayagarh.

Talcher and Baripada today recorded highest maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees, followed by Angul (39.7) and Boudh 39.5 degree Celsius.

The Twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded maximum temperature of 38.0 and 39.0 degree Celsius, respectively.

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