Odisha’s Titlagarh is the hottest place in the country right now, boiling at 48.5 degree Celsius.

A small town of 60,000 people in western Odisha’s Bolangir district, Titlagarh is reeling under a blistering heatwave. The mercury touched 48.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest April temperature ever recorded in the state.

Titlagarh, which is locally known as Tatlagarh or sizzling place for being a heat island ranks among the hottest places in the country. It recorded 50.1 degrees Celsius on June 3, 2003.

It was also a record for the month of April in the western Odisha town as the temperature surpassed the last highest of 48.1 degree Celsius  recorded on April 30, 1999, Sarat Sahu, Director of the Meteorological Centre said, adding that the maximum temperature of 50.1 degree Celsius recorded in Titlagarh on June 5, 2003, remains a record in Odisha.

Titlagarh was followed by 46.1 degree Celsius in Sonepur and 45 degree Celsius at Bhawanipatna, the Indian Metrological Department said in a bulletin.

You can say there is an undeclared limit in Titlagarh after 10am. If you go out, you are either a very brave person or you are an outsider.

“Though summers are usually hot in Titlagarh, this time, it feels like living in a furnace.”

People try to finish their chores by 10am, rush into their homes and venture out only after sundown at 6pm.

Inside their homes, people try everything they can to beat the heat: from switching on airconditioners, air coolers and ceiling fans to having food that is traditionally believed to cool the body.

Image source : Hindustan Times

 

 

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