Bhubaneswar: The capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is again in the grip of an intense heat wave with the mercury soaring to new heights. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, the maximum temperature in the State capital recorded the 42.3° C mark on Sunday.
On Monday, people on the street could be seen wearing scarves or pouring water on their heads as the city experienced a scorching day. Most of the residents preferred to stay indoors due to the sultry weather condition.
Though Southwest monsoon arrived in Odisha on June 8, the Meteorological Centre stated that such weather condition is not unusual during this time of the year.
An official at the Weather department said that the weakening of the southwest monsoon in the state was due to blowing of hot wind from the northwest direction, which has altered the course of the monsoon.
Besides the capital city, several other places in the state also recorded temperature of 40°C and above such as Chandbali (40°C), Cuttack (40.2°C), Balangir (40.6°C), Angul (41.3°C), Baripada (40.4°C) and Bhawanipatna (40.2°C).
Due to the prevailing heat wave condition across Odisha, the School and Mass Education Department has extended summer vacation of educational institutions till June 21.