IMD Warns of Heatwave in Odisha, Temperatures Set to Sizzle Above 40°C

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heatwave warning for Odisha, valid for four days starting from April 3rd. Daytime temperatures are expected to rise by 2-3°C, with highs reaching 40°C in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack by Wednesday and potentially exceeding 43°C in Boudh, Titlagarh, and Balangir.

The heatwave is attributed to prevailing dry northwesterly/westerly winds and high solar radiation. The IMD advises caution, particularly when venturing outdoors between 11 am and 3 pm during this period.

  • April 3-6: Heatwave conditions possible in isolated locations across Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, and Mayurbhanj districts. Warm nights are likely in parts of Balangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Kandhamal, and Nayagarh.
  • April 7: Light to moderate rain/thundershowers expected in some areas of North Odisha and scattered pockets across South Odisha.

The IMD predicts an intense summer for Odisha with a significant increase in heatwave days during April, May, and June. The state is among eight in India likely to experience the harshest heatwave impacts.

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