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Sharmili Mallick

The weather has become colder after Diwali, heralding the onset of the winter season in Odisha. Apart from pervading chill in the air in the early morning hours, there has been a considerable dip in the night temperatures in the past few days in many places of the State.

The mercury plummeted below 15 degree Celsius in at least 8 places Odisha on Sunday, informed the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar today.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 10.0 degree Celsius at tourist destination Daringbadi in Kandhamal district, making it the coldest place in the State on Sunday.

Daringbadi was followed by Phulbani, the headquarter town of Kandhamal district, where the mercury dropped to 11.5 degree C, the Met office tweeted. 

Other places which recorded temperature below 15 degrees are- Koraput (12.0), Keonjhar (13.5), Bhawanipatna (14.2), Jharsuguda (14.2), Titlagarh (14.8) and Sonepur (14.8), added the weather bureau.

The places that recorded 20 degree Celsius or below are-- Malkangiri (15.5), Angul (16), Hirakud (16.2), Nayagarh (16.5), Sambalpur (16.7), Chandbali (16.8), Baripada (16.8), Talcher (17), Balasore (17.6), Sundargarh (18.5), Paradip (19.2), Gopalpur (19.6) and Puri (20).

Similarly, the temperature dipped to 17.4 degree Celsius in Bhubaneswar while in neighbouring Cuttack it came down lowest to 17 degree on Sunday, said the weather office.

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