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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The cold wave condition is likely to make a come back to as many as 18 districts of Odisha from today even as many parts of the State especially interior regions have received a brief respite from the intense cold for the last couple of days.

The Weather department warned of cold wave condition for Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Kalahandi from 8.30 am of February 7 to 8.30 am of February 8. Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Boudh, Sonepur, Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada and Nabarangpur districts will experience it from February 8 to February 10, it said.

The minimum temperature is likely to take plunge by 2 to 4 degree celsius till February 10 under the influence of northwesterly/ northerly dry and cold wind at lower level penetrating the state, the Met office said.

Only four places have recorded below 10 degree celcius in last 24 hours.

G Udaygiri registered 4.5 degree celsius, followed by Phulbani at 7 degrees. Kirei in Sundergarh district recorded 9.5 degrees and Daringbadi witnessed 10 degrees, the IMD said.

It said dry weather prevailed in the state, while shallow to moderate fog prevailed at one or two places over Angul and Malkangiri districts of the interior region.

The highest maximum temperature of 32.1 degree celsius was recorded at Angul and the lowest minimum temperature of 7 degree was recorded at Phulbani in the plains of Odisha.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has advised people to stay indoors during the night to avoid exposure to cold. They have been asked to avoid riding two wheelers and travel in open cars at night.

The district collectors have been directed to ensure that school and community buildings and other available ones are opened for use as shelter during the night by the homeless and the needy.

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