Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Mercury is going to dip further and the on-going cold wave condition in the State will prevail ahead of the Christmas celebrations, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated on Saturday.

The Regional Meteorological office in Bhubaneswar attributed the prevailing cold conditions to the flow of northerly winds sweeping the State. The minimum temperature fell by three to five degree Celsius and the condition is likely to prevail in the next 48 hours.

As many as six places in the State recorded temperature below 12 degree Celsius on Friday. While Jharsuguda recorded the lowest of 8.2 degree Celsius, Phulbani recorded 9.5 degree Celsius. Angul recorded 10 degrees while it was 10.5 degree Celsius in Baripada. Keonjhar recorded 11.7 degree Celcius and Sundargarh experienced a dip at 12.0 degree Celcius.

The Twin City of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded 13.8 and 16.5 degrees respectively on Friday.

“The temperature will dip further as northerly winds continue flowing towards Odisha,” said an official at the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, high dense fog reduced visibility to almost zero in Boudh. Angul experienced dense fog while moderate fog was seen in Phulbani and Nayagarh.