Ramakanta Biswas

Cold wave conditions made a comeback in Odisha after a brief lull with several parts of the State witnessing a significant drop in the minimum (night) temperature.

Chilly weather started prevailing in interior and north Odisha from yesterday. 

As per the data shared by the regional meteorological centre Bhubaneswar, Daringbadi, the Kashmir of Odisha, emerged as the coldest place in the State with mercury plunging to as low as 6.5 degree Celsius last night. 

As many as 10 places in the State recorded minimum temperature of 10 degree Celsius or below. Phulbani, the district headquarters of Kandhamal district, and Keonjhar witnessed 8 degree Celsius while minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius was recorded in Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Boudh and Bhawanipatna. 

Other places where temperature dropped below 10 degree Celsius are Angul (9.6), Koraput (10) and Nayagarh (10).   
The twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack saw minimum temperature of 12.1 and 13 degree Celsius respectively. 

The weather office said the cold weather returned to the State due to entry of northwesterly dry and cold winds. The chill weather is likely to continue till January 30.  

“The night temperature is likely to drop by 3 to 4 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours. In view of the cold wave conditions, yellow warning has been issued for six districts. The intensity of cold will be more in the next two days in comparison to today’s weather. Besides, fog will also prevail across the State,” said Umashankar Das, meteorologist, Bhubaneswar Met Centre.