Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: With most parts of Odisha coming under intense cold wave on Sunday with temperature dipping to below 10 degree Celsius in at 13 places, the local Met office has warned that the condition would prevail till next 72 hours.

According to a Met release here this evening, Phulbani was the coldest place with 2 degree Celsius. Besides, temperature slumped to below 10 degrees at Balasore (9.9), Angul (9), Baripada (9.9), Jharsuguda (9.2), Keonjhar (8.8), Sambalpur (9.7), Sundargarh (6), Hirakud (7.6), Bhawanipatna (9.6), Koraput (7.8), Titlagarh (8.5) and Daringbadi (7).

Besides, temperature also came down sharply in Bhubaneswar (13) and Cuttack (11.2).

“Compared to the average night temperature in the state on Friday, it had dipped to around 4-5 degree Celsius on Saturday. The average temperature recorded today is about 1-2 degrees less than the previous day. The steep fall in temperature is due to blowing of cold wind from the Himalayan range and north-east Sikkim which has significantly decreased humidity level in the atmosphere. As per the model indicator, the cold wave conditions will continue till next 72 hours till December 30. Besides, there would no significant change in weather till January 3,” Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, told the media this afternoon.

In Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj districts, the intense cold wave has disrupted normal lives.

“The cold wave here has intensified in the last two days. It is impossible to move out of the house in the morning and evening hours”, said a youth of Kandhamal.

“Our hands get collapsed as we go to the college in the morning. Despite our unwillingness, we have to move out of our houses since we cannot miss our classes”, said a college girl.

In Mayurbhanj, temperature along the hillside areas of Rairangpur, Karanjia, Jashipur and Bisoi has remained below 10 degree Celsius.

People in these areas are found sitting around the fire to escape from intense cold.