Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Blowing of dry hot air from northwesterly direction and restricted air circulation on Saturday pushed the mercury level of the State capital city to 44 degree Celsius, the season’s highest recorded temperature.

The situation was no better in other interior pockets with normal life during daytime coming to a standstill.

Right from the morning, the temperature in Bhubaneswar started to soar. By noon, the mercury level had already touched 44 degree Celsius. Three important factors worked in the sudden rise in temperature, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said here.

“Nargis, the very severe cyclonic storm, which recently formed in the Bay of Bengal but did not hit the Orissa coast, had influenced the temperature. Due to the system, strong dry hot wind blew from north-westerly direction,” Director of met office S. C Sahu said on Saturday.

Cuttack recorded 43.3 degree Celsius .

However, industrial towns bore the brunt of the sudden rise in temperature. At Talcher, temperature climbed steeply and reached 46.5 degree Celsius, the highest temperature recorded in the State. At Jharsuguda, another industrial pocket, temperature was measured at 43.5 degree Celsius.

Similar was the situation in Sambalpur, Hirakud and Keonjhar where the mercury crossed the 40 degree-Celsius mark..

Meanwhile, sunstroke deaths have gone up to 13 in the State.

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