Bhubaneswar: As predicted by the local Met office here, most parts of Odisha have come under intense cold wave with mercury dipping to below 10 degree Celsius at six places in interior south and western Odisha today.
According to a Met release this evening, temperature went down to the lowest in Phulbani at 6.6 degree Celsius followed by Daringbadi (8), Angul (8.6), Sundargarh (9), Bhawanipatna (9.2) and Sambalpur (9.7). People in these areas were seen basking around the fire in groups to keep them warm against the biting cold.
In Phulbani, shops and business establishments are closed by late evening as people prefer to remain inside their house due to intense cold.
Besides, temperature remained below 15 degree Celsius in Balasore (12.5), Chandbali (13.4), Baripada (11), Jharsuguda (10.4), Keonjhar (11.1), Hirakud (10.2), Talcher (13.3), Bolangir (10.7), Koraput (11.6), Titlagarh (12) and Sonepur (12.4).
The twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded 12.6 and 14.2 degree Celsius respectively.
The Met department had earlier predicted that the cold wave will return in the next 72 hours with the blowing of northerly wind from the Himalayan region towards east and central India after the moisture, which was in the upper atmosphere due to the Cyclone Vardah, is dried off.
It has also predicted that there will be further slump in the night temperature in next seven days as the weather will remain dry and clear during the period.