Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Even as the minimum temperature across all the districts has risen, normal life was badly affected due to dense fog cover over Bhubaneswar and several other parts of Odisha. Vehicular communication was severely hit with visibility dropping to 10-20 metres at many areas.

The situation was such in the pilgrim city Puri that devotees failed to get a glimpse of Nilachakra atop Jagannath Temple. In Chilika, a boat carrying at least 30 passengers from Satpada to Janhikuda remained stranded for hours due to poor visibility caused by dense fog. The boat however safely reached the coast after the fog subsided to some extent.

The major relief now is dry weather will prevail and night temperature is likely to rise by a few degrees over all the districts of Odisha.

Sharing updates on the latest weather forecast, Ajay Nayak, Duty officer of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar said, "For the next two days, there is probability of dense fog at some places over Angul, Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Gajapati districts. Malkangiri, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sambalpur districts will also witness dense fog. Shallow to moderate fog is likely to occur at a few places over rest of the districts. All districts would see a rise in minimum temperature and there is no possibility of rainfall in the next 4-5 days."