Schools in Odisha switch to online lessons as heatwave grips the state

ByMike V. Cooper

Apr 1, 2022

Schools in Odisha will switch to morning classes as parts of the state are engulfed by a heatwave.

Schools in Odisha will switch to morning classes as parts of the state are engulfed by a heat wave.

School hours in Odisha have been postponed by the state government in view of the prevailing heat wave situation in the state, as per an official notification. The letter to the authorities further clarifies that the order will apply to all educational institutions, whether government-run, government-subsidized or private. The letter added that the move was aimed at “alleviating” the heat wave situation in Odisha during the summer.


From April 2, 2022, students from class 1 to class 8 will follow morning classes from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

While classes for students in class 1 to class 8 will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to the SME department.


A heat wave is announced when the maximum temperature reaches at least 40 degrees in the plain or 37 degrees in the coastal meteorological stations, and the deviation from normal is between 4.5 and 6.4 notches.

It can also be declared if other criteria are met.

When exposed to a heat wave, the air temperature can become lethal to the human body, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.


Some districts in western Odisha have been engulfed by a severe heat wave for the second year in a row as the hot, dry air in the northwest region intensified, according to a Met official.

The meteorological center further said that a second scorching heat wave was still present in some places in Boudh, Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Subarnapur districts and in Bhubaneswar.

At least eight weather stations recorded temperatures of 40C or higher, while the state’s hottest temperature was 42.2C at Titlagarh in Bolangir district.

(With PTI inputs)