The daytime temperature on Sunday in Bhubaneswar shot up beyond 41 degrees Celsius, indicating a tough summer ahead.
Bhubaneswar recorded 41.7 degrees Celsius – highest in the State while four other towns -- Bhawanipatna, Bolangir, Titlagarh and Malkangiri -- saw the maximum temperature breaching 40-degree mark during the day.
The high temperature threw normal life out of gear, spoiling holiday plans for many. Most people remained indoors while commuters were seen looking for shade.
“Dry hot wind from the West and Northwest direction was blowing around 25 km per hour, which is higher than normal. It did not let the sea breeze come into the land mass. As a result, the temperature shot up by 4 degree Celsius on Sunday compared in comparison to the temperature of Saturday,” said S. C. Sahu, Director of Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre.
“Clearer sky and humidity as low as 20 per cent made the temperature rise. The loo prevailed in many parts of Odisha. Similar condition is expected to prevail till March 27 when a rain could be experienced under influence of trough line,” Dr. Sahu said.
According to Met office, if similar situation continued, heat wave will be declared.
Meanwhile, Odisha observed Pakhal Day on Sunday. Pakhal – wet rice – is the popular major food for Odias. Consumption of Pakhal goes up during summer season as it helps people beat the heat.