.........BHUBANESWAR: Cooler coastal pockets and sizzling west! That is what Odisha is currently going through. On a day when the weather office issued heat wave warning for one part of the State, balmy weather brought the mercury down across the other.
While most of the western districts recorded 40 degree plus temperature, it was cooler along the coastal pockets. Balangir remained the hottest point with maximum day temperature reading 43 degree Celsius while Titlagarh was equally hot at 42.8 degree C.
Bhawanipatna, Sonepur and Jharsuguda in the west and Angul and Talcher in the central pockets continued to reel under high temperature whereas along the coastal strip, the maximum temperature was in the mid-30 degree C level. Chandabali and Balasore recorded 36.4 degree and 37 degree C respectively while Gopalpur, Puri and Paradip were comfortable with 31 degree C day temperature.
Capital City Bhubaneswar, which reported 35.5 degree C on the day, saw strong wind and drizzle which brought the temperature down.
The contrasting weather notwithstanding, the India Meteorological Department has issued warning for heat wave for six days beginning April 21. Weather will remain mostly dry while the blistering conditions will prevail till April 26, it said.