Will summer 2017 be a scorcher on the same order as last summer or harsher?
With the day temperatures are already soaring in Odisha, with Titlagarh in Balangir district recording a maximum of 39 degrees Celsius, the answer is obvious.
The Meteorological (MeT) Centre has predicted a hot summer ahead.
Hot winds flowing from the south-west, especially Telangana and Rayalaseema are causing the day temperatures to rise in Odisha, the MeT department here said.
Other places which recorded high temperatures are Angul (37.3), Jharsuguda (36.5), Sambalpur (35.7), Hirakud (36.1), Talcher (36.7), Bolangir (38), Phulbani (36) and Malkangiri (38.2). Bhubaneswar recorded 34.4 degrees today, it said.
The temperature in Odisha is, however, likely to decrease gradually due to norwesters, which are expected on March 5 in north Odisha, said IMD Regional Director, Sarat Chandra Sahoo.
"While the temperature was recorded at 39 degree Celsius between March and May since 1971 till 2000 in Odisha, it is likely to cross 45 degrees Celsius during the same months this year," Mr.Sahoo said.
With IMD predicting a hot summer ahead, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra today asked various Departments of the State Government to take up Action Plan to mitigate a likely heat wave situation.
As the temperatures soared about two degree Celsius above the normal average by March first week, Mr.Mohapatra said the departments will chalk out strategies on how to help out hapless people from the scorching heat and heat wave in the State.