Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Cold wave conditions continued to prevail in parts of Odisha even as Regional Meteorological department has observed an increase in minimum temperature across the State. And with rainfall predictions in the coming days, Met has said that the night temperature is very likely to rise gradually by 2-3 degrees while shallow to moderate fog cover will be seen at one or two places over the districts of interior Odisha during the next 2-3 days.

With fog and a drop in minimum temperatures already affecting normal life, MeT department has issued yellow warnings for January 2-4.

On January 1, light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Nuapada, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Boudh, Deogarh, Sonepur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, whereas dry weather will prevail over rest of the districts.

On January 2-3, thunderstorms with lightning and hail will be seen at many isolated places over the districts.

A yellow warning has also been issued for January 3-4, when isolated places over the districts of coastal Odisha, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal and a few places over the rest of Odisha will receive rainfall.

On Wednesday, five places recorded temperature below 10 degree Celsius, Keonjhar being the coldest with 6.8 degrees followed by Angul with 7.6 degree Celsius, Talcher 8.9 deg C, Phulbani 9 deg C, Sonepur 9.6 deg C, Sundergarh 10 deg C, Balasore 10.1 deg C. Twin Cities Bhubaneswar and Cuttack also shivered at 12.6 and 10.8 degrees, respectively.