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Normal life across Odisha, particularly in western districts, was disrupted on Monday as the mercury touched 43.2 degrees Celsius at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
According to the Meteorological office here, almost all the towns in western region recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.
Bhawanipatna was followed by Bolangir (43 degrees), Jharsuguda (42.6 degrees), Hirakud (42.5 degrees) and Sambalpur and Sundargarh (42 degrees).
Bhawanipatna and Titlagarh had yesterday recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius.
Other regions also experienced temperatures above 39 degrees Celsius. State capital of Bhubaneswar recorded a high of 38.7 degrees Celsius, with the humidity ratio standing at 90 per cent.
As the intense heat wave moved across the state, Malkangiri recorded a high of 41 degrees while Keonjhrar recorded a high of 40.1 degrees.
The heat wave was unbearable due to the high humidity factor, said Sarat Sahu, the director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhubaneswar. An IMD release said rain and thunder showers may occur in interior parts of the state in the next 24 hours.
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