February 26, 2021 14h11
Skymet Weather Team
Bhubaneswar, capital of Odisha, registered a maximum temperature of 39.4 ° C yesterday, being the first to reach that mark in the year 2021. This maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar is the 3rd highest in the last 10 years. The scorching heat over the region raised the temperature to remain 5 ° C above normal levels. The humidity rate is not very high and that is why dry heat is sweeping the largest city in the state.
Gujarat, West Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Odisha invariably become the hottest in late February. Cities like Phalodi (Rajasthan), Rajkot (Gujarat), Bhuj (Gujarat), Bramhapuri (Maharashtra), Titlagarh (Odisha) and Sambalpur (Odisha) compete in the heat race to earn points between themselves. Places around the cancer tropics become favorites at the top of the list. Last year, the capital Bhubaneswar measured the highest temperature of 34.6 ° C in February, which is the lowest in the last 10 years. Since 2011, on only 4 occasions, Bhubaneswar has registered an increase of 38 ° C or more and the highest being 40.9 ° C on February 20, 2016.
Heat conditions will continue to prevail for at least the next 3 days in the region, and from then on, marginal relief seems likely. The anticyclone over the bay of Bengal, off the coast of Odisha, was displaced and dry winds swept the region. This semi-permanent feature will return to normal around March 1st, increasing the humidity level, capturing excess heat and providing little comfort. Hot conditions will be back in Bhubaneswar after a short break of a few days. Sunny days with no significant cloud cover will again raise the bar and mercury may exceed the 40 ° mark earlier than normal in March.