Bhubaneswar: There was no respite from the heat for denizens of Odisha capital on Monday as the city registered temperature over 40 degrees Celsius.
Bhubaneswar denizens had to reel under heat wave as mercury shot up to 41.2 degree Celsius here, the highest in the state today.
Similar heat wave conditions would grip most places of the State for the next three days, according Regional Meteorological Centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Meanwhile, IMD on Monday predicted normal monsoon rains for the country this year.
The southwest monsoon, the lifeline for millions of farmers across India, is expected to be normal in 2018, the IMD said.
Rains would be 97 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA), with a model error of plus or minus 5 per cent. Probability of normal to excess rains is 56% and that of below normal and deficit rain is 44%, the Met departments first forecast for 2018 revealed.
The IMD predicted 97 per cent chance of near-normal showers.