Ramakanta Biswas

With winter chill is again tightening its grip on Odisha. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre in Bhubaneswar on Friday sounded alert for several districts for the next three days.

The minimum temperature is likely to be below normal by 3-5 degrees Celsius at most places in the next three days as northwesterly dry and cold winds are entering the State, the Met office said in its midday weather bulletin.

The weather office issued Yellow warning for cold wave conditions in some areas of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Boudh, Kalahandi and Kandhamal till Sunday morning.

Similarly, cold wave condition is likely to prevail at one or two places over the districts of Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Bargarh, Sonepur and Kalahandi for a period of 24 hours till Monday morning.

The weather office has suggested some actions for the residents to keep them safe during the inclement weather.

Here are some suggestions:

Stay indoors during night and early morning and use multiple clothes to avoid exposure to cold. 
Do arrangement to keep livestock in shaded/indoor area during night. 
Avoid movement during night, especially on two wheelers/ open cars 

As many as 10 places in the State recorded minimum temperature of 10 degree Celsius or below on Friday. Daringbadi, the Kashmir of Odisha, emerged as the coldest place in the State with mercury plunging to as low as 6.5 degree Celsius.  
The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack saw minimum temperature of 12.1 and 13 degree Celsius, respectively.

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