Surprisingly, while the Western Odisha towns recorded a dip in Mercury level on Monday, thanks to light rains and hailstorm in many areas, capital city Bhubaneswar became the hottest city in the state at 40.7 degrees C.
This is the first time this Summer that Bhubaneswar recorded highest temperature in the state. Due to rain, 19 towns in Odisha witnessed a decline in Mercury level. Hirakud, Balasore, Chandbali, Cuttack, Angul, Baripada, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Talcher, Sundargarh, Bhawanipatna, Koraput, Titilagarh, Phulbani, Daringbadi and many other areas witnessed rainfall within the last 24 hours.
Apart from Bhubaneswar, only Malkangiri (40 degrees C) recorded high temperature yesterday. The official heatwave death toll has now reached 26, while unofficial toll has crossed 120.