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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: Stock up your woollens and discover the beauty of winter. The winter is all set to make a big bang return to Odisha from January 15. And the cool fact is the bone stuttering days will stay put in Odisha till the first week of February.

If the latest long-range forecast of IMD is to be believed, the districts in western Odisha will record a nighttime temperature of below 8 degrees C till February 4. The minimum temperature in central, northern and southern Odisha will hover between 11-14 deg C, whereas, only a few coastal pockets like Ganjam, Jagasighpur, Bhadrak etc will record a nighttime temperature of around 15-16 deg C.

However, if the IMD forecast is any indication, the period of January 29 – February 4 will witness the intense cold conditions in the State, because, the day temperature in western Odisha and some pockets in coastal areas of the State will fall by around 1-2 deg C.

Even as the forecast suggests that the night temperature will rise after Feb 5 in the State, the chilling fact emerges out is the minimum temperature recorded in the State will drop by around 3 -5 deg C vis-à-vis the normal February minimum temperature observed over the years.

Forecast Details

During the 72nd republic day week, districts like Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Balangir, and the adjacent places will record a nighttime temperature of below 8 deg C. And the rest of districts will witness the mercury dipping to around 12 deg C.

But the good news is the day time temperature in the state will hover at around 28-30 deg C during the week of 72nd Republic day.

The big observation is till the second week of February, the nights will be cooler and days are predicted to be warmer in Odisha. However, the mean temperature in the month will hover around the normal January mean temperature, predicts the forecast report.

Cold Wave History In Odisha

An analysis of the cold waves in Odisha since the year 2010 reveals that Odisha witnessed two cold waves in as many as 7 years (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). In the rest of the years (2010, 2013 and 2017), the State had recorded only one cold wave spell. The cold wave duration in Odisha is between Dec 15 – Jan 30, except in 2014 when the State saw cold wave in December and February. The year 2012 saw the longest cold wave spell of 12 days in two phases in Odisha.

And if the long-range model of IMD turns accurate, then 2021 may go into the winter history books by the virtue of having the longest cold day season since the last decade.

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