Bhubaneswar: As heatwave intensified in Odisha with 30 sunstroke deaths, most areas sizzled under blistering temperatures as the mercury soared to a record 46.7 degree Celsius in the state capital on Tuesday.
The highest temperature of 47.3 degree Celsius was recorded in the coal town of Talcher followed by 47.2 degree at Chandbali and 47 degree Celsius in western Odisha`s Titlagarh, the meteorological centre here said.
The weatherman warned that heatwave conditions would continue for the next two days in most parts of the state where at least 30 people have died due to sun-stroke so far this summer, official sources said.
Normal life was severely affected in Bhubaneswar as the capital city recorded its highest ever temperature of 46.7 degree Celsius. Earlier, 46.3 degree Celsius had been recorded in Bhubaneswar on June 12, 2005, the met centre said.
In Baripada, the district headquarter town of Mayurbhanj, about 1,500 bats were found dead in a park due to unbearable heat, sources said.
Sweltering heat swept the entire western Odisha with the mercury touching 45.4 degree Celsius at Sambalpur, 45.9 degree at Angul, 45.3 degree Celsius at Bolangir, 45.2 degree Celsius at Jharsuguda and 45 degree at Sundargarh, the sources said.