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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Cold wave is gradually tightening its grip in Odisha as the mercury level dipped below 15 degree Celsius in 11 places across the State in the last 24 hours, informed Regional Centre of the IMD.

The night temperature dropped to 9 degrees in Sonepur, making it the coldest place in the State. Similarly, cold wave conditions also prevailed in other interior districts of Odisha.

While Angul recorded 10.2 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature in Daringbadi stood at 11.3 degree Celsius, the Meteorological Centre said.

As per reports, the minimum temperature plummeted to 11.3 degrees in Phulbani, 12 degrees in Keonjhar, 12.4 degrees in Baripada, 12.8 degrees in Bhawanipatna, 13 degrees in Koraput, 13.2 degree Celsius in Jharsuguda, 14 degrees in Bolangir, 14.8 degrees in Cuttack and 15 degree Celsius in Talcher and Sundergarh.

The capital city Bhubaneswar recorded a minimum of 16 degree Celsius on Sunday. Titlagarh, Sambalpur, Hirakud, Chandbali and Balasore also reeled under cold wave conditions.

Malkangiri recorded the highest temperature of 33 deg C during the day, MeT informed.

In what could be a major relief, the Meteorological Centre has informed that the low-pressure area (LOPAR) over South Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of Southeast Bay of Bengal which has now become well-marked and is likely to concentrate into a depression today, will have no impact on Odisha and all districts will witness dry weather in the next five days.

“The well-marked low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression today. It is expected to move towards west-northwestwards and reach south Tamil Nadu coast around December 2. The system will have no impact on Odisha,” informed Uma Shankar Das, weather expert at the Bhubaneswar Met Centre.

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