Odisha School Timings Revised Amid Heatwave, Morning Classes To Begin From 7 am
Due to the ongoing heat spell in Odisha, morning classes for students from Class I to 12 have started from 7 am to 11.30 am across the state. District collectors have been authorized by the state government to change school timings as per local heat conditions. Schools have been directed to provide drinking water and other necessary facilities to help students cope with the heat. The School and Mass Education department has rescheduled the disbursement of pensions for beneficiaries of various social security schemes between 7.30 am and 10.30 am. On Monday, the state capital recorded 39.7 degrees Celsius, and the weather office has predicted it to reach 41 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Jharsuguda was the hottest place on Monday, reporting 40.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Baripada at 40 degrees Celsius in the north.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the temperature in Odisha is expected to rise until April 16, and in many places, it may touch 40 degrees Celsius by April 12. The Regional Meteorological Centre Scientist, Umasankar Das, has stated that the decline in thunderstorm activity will lead to an increase in the day's temperature by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius in some places over the next few days. The IMD has predicted a small amount of rainfall in the southern region of the state, but heat spells will continue in other areas.