Bhubaneswar: Panic grasped the resident of Odisha capital on Monday as the mercury shot up to 45.7 degree Celsius by 2 PM, an unsurpassed high in the month of April. The past most noteworthy temperature recorded in the capital city was 45 degrees path back on April 23, 1985.
Reports said the temperature rose sharply from 9 AM and reached 44 degrees by 11.30 AM. It further went up to 44.4 degrees by 12 noon, 44.8 by 12.30 PM, 45.2 by 1 PM, 45.5 by 1.30 PM and 45.7 by 2 PM.
Talking to OTV, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, said the wind flow across the state was from the west direction in the morning, but changed its course to north-west direction by 9 AM resulting in the sharp rise in temperature within three hours till 12 noon.
He said the temperature will rise further if the wind flow from the sea towards the surface does not set in early.
He said though there is a possibility of kalabaisakhi (Norwester) as the hot air becomes lighter and goes upwards allowing the flow of wind from the sea and triggers the effect of kalabaisakhi through quick formation of clouds, there is no indication of clouds till now as per the model indicator.