Bhubaneswar: The State capital on Thursday was the hottest in the country as mercury shot to 39.3 degrees Celsius. The city reported the highest temperature for the second consecutive day.
It had recorded 37°C the previous day.
Bhubaneswar had earlier hogged headlines after recording 40 degree Celsius in February, after a gap of five years. The city had earlier recorded 40.9°C on February 21, 2016, and 42.7°C on February 23, 1963.
According to the latest bulletin by the IMD, nine other places recorded above 38°C.
Bolangir registered 38.7°C followed by Titilagarh, Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Boudh at 38.5°C, Cuttack (38.2°C), Talcher (38.1°C) and Baripada (38.0°C).
“Maximum temperature (Day temperature) very likely to rise by 2-3°C at many places in Odisha during the next two days and there will be no large change thereafter,” the Met office said.
Meanwhile, Angul saw very dense fog with 50-metre visibility on Wednesday morning. Bhubaneswar and Paradeep experienced dense fog while Cuttack and Gopalpur saw moderate fog.
The IMD has also forecast light to moderate rain or thundershower at one or two places in eight district of Odisha on March 20.
The alert has been sounded for Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Gajapati.