There seems to be no respite from the scorching heat for the people of the state with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) sounding a ‘Red Box’ alert predicting blistering heat wave conditions in Odisha , Jharkhand and coastal Andhra Pradesh for two days. 

According to a senior of MID Bhubaneswar, the Red Box  warning means high chances of heat stroke, dehydration and fatality with temperatures inching upwards of 45°C, worsened by a constant dry and torrid wind. It is a pictorial symbol of severe heat wave condition.

“Our prediction is that the temperature in most parts of Odisha would go beyond 45 degree Celsius in these two days,” he said, adding that almost all regions of the state will witness rise in temperatures in the next two days. 

The weathermen have attributed the intense heat wave condition to the weakening of a cyclonic circulation over the Arabian Sea. 

“Temperature in some parts of the coastal districts will come down by two-three degrees on Tuesday as there are possibilities of rain or thundershower in these areas due to the formation of a weak trough line stretching from north coastal Andhra Pradesh up to Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Besides, there is also a possibility of northwester at one or two places in the coastal districts,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the special relief commissioner (SRC) reviewed the situation with the ADMs of the 30districts, asking them to take necessary steps at their end to tackle the heat-wave condition. While the state government has so far confirmed four sunstroke deaths, 31 cases being inquired.