Odisha shivers as cold wave continues

Bhubaneswar: With cold waves showing no signs of abatement for the last couple of days, normal life across the state was thrown out of gear as the cold breeze continues to blow from the North West India.
 
There seems to be no respite from the grim situation in the interior parts of the state especially in Phulbani as the cold wave is likely to prevail for next 24 hours, according to officials of Meteorological department.
 
"There will not be any change in the weather conditions across the state for the next 24 hours," said Laxmikant Chand, scientist at India Meteorological Centre.
 
Extreme cold condition with foggy morning and chilly winter has affected classes of school students and work of office bearers.
 
 “We are facing much difficulties in attending our classes at schools and tuitions”, Mamata, a class VIII student, said.
 
According to Met department the strong cold breeze blowing from North-west has led to drop in mercury level in many parts of the state. Phulbani's minimum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 2.6 degree Celsius while mercury in Baripada and Keonjhar dropped to 5 degree and 6.3 degree Celsius, respectively.
 
The minimum night temperature of many parts in the state including Sundergarh and Bolangir dipped to less than 10 degree Celsius. While Sundergarh shivered at 5.9 degree Celsius lives in Bolangir were put into disarray with 6.1 degree Celsius at night. Likewise, temperature at capital city was recorded at 12.2 degree Celsius on Wednesday night, the weathermen said.