Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will remain in the grip of hostile weather for the next 72 hours. Though rains will subside from Monday, fog and chill will engulf the State till Tuesday.

The weather prediction by US-based Climate Prediction Centre makes a forecast  that cold winds from north west India will sweep Odisha till Tuesday. And the wind velocity will hover between 24 - 27 m/s. But the velocity will be higher at around 30 m/s in north interior districts like Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh.

As per IMD forecast, chilly and foggy conditions will prevail in the State till Tuesday morning. Dense fog warning on February 10 and 11 given for nine districts. While districts like Sundergarh, Sonepur, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Angul, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Cuttack will witness dense fog on Monday, dense fog will grip the districts like Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Koraput on Tuesday, said an IMD release.

Similarly, cold wave conditions will grip the districts like Angul, Sonepur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore on February 9 and the wave will engulf Sundergarh by Tuesday.

However, forecasts show Odisha will have a pleasant weather from February 14. The minimum temperature will show a rise after February 14, reveals an IMD model. IMD models show the minimum temperature to be near normal after February 14.

Meanwhile, IMD has issued a warning of thunderstorm with lightning and gusty surface wind speed reaching 30-40kmph for tomorrow at one or two places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar , Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsingpur, Cuttack, Khurdha, Puri, Ganjam, Kandhamal and Nayagarh. And dense fog will grip one or two places over the districts of Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur & Kalahandi.

With prevailing cloudy weather across the State, the maximum temperature has seen a big drop vis-a-vis the normal. However, the minimum temperature has shown a marginal dip from the normal, except for Puri. Sonepur and Angul have recorded the minimum temperature today. Malkangiri with a temperature of 32 degree Celsius records the maximum temperature (day time temperature) in the State.