Heatwave sweeping across Odisha intensified Tuesday, with Bhubaneswar being the hottest place at 43.7 degrees Celsius, prompting the state government to advance the summer vacation for all educational institutions.
The mercury in neighbouring Cuttack city stood at 41.1 degrees Celsius, up from 39 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The maximum temperature in the state capital jumped four notches from the previous day. On Monday, the city recorded a high of 39.6 degrees Celsius.
On Tuesday, the temperature soared above 40 degrees Celsius in at least eight places in the state, the Meteorological centre here said.
In view of the prevailing heatwave, the Odisha government preponed the summer vacation for all educational institutions in the state to April 18 from May 6.
"The state government has decided to advance the summer vacation in schools and other educational institutions in view of the prevailing heatwave condition," Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi said.
Bhubaneswar was closely followed by the coal town of Talcher, which recorded a maximum temperature of 43.3 degrees Celsius, while it was 42.7 degrees Celsius in Angul and 42 degrees Celsius in Titlagarh, the Met office said.
Malkangiri recorded a high of 40.8 degree celsius, while the mercury stood at 40.5 degrees Celsius at Chandbali.
Jharsuguda recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degree celsius, Balangir 42 degrees Celsius and Sambalpur and Hirakud 41.1 degrees Celsius, it said.
Most parts of Odisha have been facing searing heatwave conditions over the last few days and the Met office said the situation is likely to continue in most parts of the state for the next couple of days.
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