Mercury dips, cold wave to continue over weekend

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is in the grip of a cold wave-like situation with drop in minimum temperature for last two days. IMD forecast said the trend would continue this week. Besides, there are chances of formation of a fresh low pressure over the Bay of Bengal by January 6.

The weatherman said this may not influence the state. It will not have any influence due to the presence of strong northerly wind and cold conditions, IMD sources said. Official reports said interior pockets of the state saw major fall in night temperature by average three to four degree celsius below normal. 

Similarly, in the coastal areas mercury fell by two to three degree Celsius.

Early on Friday morning, seven places recorded a minimum temperature below 10 Deg C, the IMD report said. Phulbani and Daringbadi in Kandhamal district continued to remain the coldest places in the state at minimum of 5 Deg C and 7 Deg C respectively. 

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