Bhubaneswar: Severe winter chill has made a comeback in Odisha with a steady dip in the night temperatures after a few days of warm weather. As per the prediction of weather department, the condition is likely to prevail for some more days.
The north westerly/ northerly dry and cold wind at lower level penetrating over Odisha has given a boost to the cold wave in State, the India Meteorological Department has stated through special bulletin. It further informed that such conditions are very likely prevail over some districts till February 5.
The night temperature is expected to fall by three-to five degree Celsius till February 5, it said.
The weather office has issued orange (remain prepared) and yellow (be updated) warnings for certain districts. For February 2, orange warning has been issued for seven districts- Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal.
Similarly, yellow weather warning has been issued for Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sonepur, Boudh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Nayagarh and Khurda districts, it added.
The condition prompted the State government to direct district administrations to remain alert for any possible eventuality.
The SRC in a letter to the district collectors and the commissioners of municipal corporations has directed them to ensure that immediate arrangements are made for opening school and community buildings and other available structures for use as night shelters by homeless and needy people.
People lit bonfire to warm up them while some intensified daily exercises to protect themselves from cold.
"We are experiencing severe cold for last few days. So, we have intensified our morning physical exercise, yoga and pranayam to protect ourselves from chills," said a Rourkela-based doctor while performing yoga in an open ground.
He advised the elderly and children to remain indoors during night and morning.