Bhubaneswar: The Regional Met office on Saturday warned of cold wave to severe cold wave conditions in some districts of Odisha for the next four days.
According to the weather department sources, severe cold wave conditions are very likely over some districts till February 10 under the influence of north westerly/ northerly dry and cold wind at lower level penetrating over the State.
The department also warned that the night temperature is expected to fall by two to four degree Celsius till February 10.
The state is reeling under cold weather conditions as the night temperature dipped below 10 degree Celsius in as many as eight places. G Udaygiri was the coldest with 3.2 degree Celcius followed by Phulbani 5.5, Daringbadi 6.5, Nabrangpur 8.8, Koraput 9.5, Bolangir and Bhawanipatna (9.8 each).
While Sundergarh and Keonjhar witnessed 10 degree Celsius each, other places in the State witnessed below 15 degree Celsius.
For the next three days, most of the coastal districts and internal part of the State will witness swallow to moderate fog, sources said.
The special relief commissioner (SRC) said since there is an increased likelihood of cold-related illnesses among people, prolonged exposure to cold will aggravate their condition.
The SRC in a letter to the district Collectors and the Commissioners of municipal corporations directed them to ensure that immediate arrangements are made for opening of school and community buildings and other available structures for use as night shelters by homeless and needy people.
(Edited by Predeep Singh)