The capital city Bhubaneswar along with Talcher remained the hottest place in the state Tuesday with day temperatures at both the places reaching a maximum of 39.2°C.
Apart from Bhubaneswar and Talcher, temperature at 10 more places in the state also remained above 38°C. These places are Titlagarh 39°C, Malkangiri 39°C, Angul 38.7°C, Sambalpur 38.5°C, Jharsuguda and Hirakud 38.3°C, Bolangir 38.2°C, Dhenkanal, Baripada and Chandbali 38°C.
The maximum temperature in the capital city is also expected to remain around 39°C Wednesday, the weathermen said. For the second time since March 4 the temperature of the capital city has gone up above 39°C.
In the middling of soaring mercury level across the state, a high-level meeting was presided over Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the Secretariat to chalk plans to deal with the heatwave situation in the coming days.
After the meeting, officials said that from a national-level survey it has been learnt that the average temperature of Bhubaneswar is between 36.2°C to 40.5°C during summer. Officials also said that all concerned departments have been asked to expedite awareness programmes to tackle possible heatwave situation.