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Cold wave grips interior Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: Cold wave continues to prevail in some interior  districts of Odisha since the last two days with mercury level plummeting below 3 degree Celsius at Daringbadi in Kandhamal district.

Daringbadi, which is situated about 3000 feet above sea level and is known as Odisha's Kashmir, experienced one of the coldest nights yesterday with temperature dropping to 3 degree Celsius.

Phulbani, the district headquarters town of Kandhamal district, recorded a minimum temperature at 4.5 degree Celsius.

The same condition would continue for the next 24 hours, the Met centre here said in a statement.

S C Sahu, the director of the meteorological centre here, told reporters that the cold wave is intensifying in the state due to the wind blowing from the north-east direction with speed of 25-30 kilometres per hour.

Moderate to dense fog is also likely in isolated areas of the state, he said.
Shallow fog was observed at one or two places in south interior Odisha, the statement said.

"The minimum temperatures observed no large change over Odisha. They were appreciably below normal over south interior Odisha and below normal over north Odisha and normal over south coastal Odisha," S Mishra, a senior meteorologist at the IMD, said.

The minimum temperature was 12 degree Celsius at Titilagarh and Chandbali, 11.8 degrees Celsius in Bhubaneswar, 11 degree Celsius at Balasore and Cuttack, 10.3 degree Celsius at Keonjhar and 10.2 degree Celsius at Sonepur. -PTI

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