Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre here has informed that mercury will plummet across Odisha in the next 3-4 days following predictions of intensification of cold wave in the State. The latest forecast reveals that minimum temperature (night temperature) is likely to fall gradually by 2-4 degree Celcius during the next 2-3 days.

Speaking to OTV, Charan Behera, duty officer of regional IMD centre in Bhubaneswar, said, “We have analysed that the current temperature is slightly high in comparison to the average temperature during this time of the year. Dry weather conditions will prevail in Odisha for the next 4-5 days.”

Coming to the cold conditions, he said, “The wind pattern will change and become chillier as northerly winds are expected to hit Odisha very soon. As per prediction, the temperature will dip by 2-4 degrees Celcius in the 2-3 days.”

The forecast also revealed that there are possibilities of shallow to moderate fog cover over some districts in North Odisha, Khurda, Puri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Sonepur and Koraput. In the last 24 hours, Daringbadi along with Bhawanipatna and Keonjhar witnessed dense fog cover with less than 50 mt visibility. Thick blanket of fog also enveloped many places in Talcher, Titlagarh, Sonepur, Paradip and Sundergarh.

On the other hand, the Met has predicted rainfall over some parts in Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts. Officials claimed Jharsuguda received 0.4 mm rainfall on Monday.

As per reports, Phulbani and Daringbadi recorded lowest temperature of 11 degree Celsius on Tuesday, followed by Sundergarh and Koraput with 12 deg C and 12.6 deg C, respectively. Capital city Bhubaneswar recorded 18.1 deg Celsius, while Cuttack recorded minimum temperature of 16.2 deg C on Tuesday.