Rashmi Ranjan

Odisha continued to witness a sharp drop in temperature with as many as 13 places in the State recording temperature below 10 degree Celsius on Sunday.

Daringbadi in Kandhamal district witnessed biting cold conditions after mercury plummeted to 4 degree Celsius, throwing normal life out of gear.

Similarly, Jharsuguda recorded 5.6 degree Celsius followed by Phulbani (6.5), Sonepur (6.9), Keonjhar (7.4), Bolangir and Sundargarh (8), Bhawanipatna (8.9), Hirakud and Talcher (9) and Titlagarh (9.3).

Among others, the Twin Cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack recorded 13.8 and 12.4 degrees, respectively.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that dry weather will prevail in the State for the next four days. The minimum temperature (night temperature) is likely to drop by 2 to 3 degree Celsius in coming days and no significant change will be seen thereafter.

This apart, many interior places including Daringbadi in Kandhamal district and Koida, Tensa and Kalamang areas in Sundergarh district, witnessed frost on Monday morning as the cold condition continued to prevail in the area for a week, an official at the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said.

The Met office has issued an advisory suggesting people to remain indoors after sunset and early morning as the exposure to the cold condition could trigger health problems.