Staff Reporter

Phulbani records 6.4 degree C

BHUBANESWAR: Interior Orissa continued to reel under cold wave on Friday as minimum temperature at 10 observation locations went below 10 degree Celsius.

“The temperature was appreciably below normal over interior pockets and below normal over coastal Orissa. The lowest minimum temperature of 6.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Phulbani, which was the season’s lowest so far,” said S. C. Sahu, director of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.

The met office predicted that cold wave conditions were likely to prevail over some parts of interior Orissa during next 48 hours.

As per the met centre bulletin, Phulbani was followed by western Orissa town of Sambalpur, where temperature plummeted to 7.6 degree Celsius. In Angul and Bhawanipatna, the minimum temperature was recorded at 8 degree Celsius.

Hilly regions such as Baripada, Keonjhar and Koraput experienced below 10 degree Celsius.

Other western Orissa towns such as Bolangir and Jharsuguda had minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius and 9.7 degree Celsius respectively.

Except Puri, at almost all locations where temperature was observed, the mercury remained below 15 degree Celsius making people feel what winter season is.

Cold wave maintained its grip over interior parts of the State with minimum temperature remaining below two-digit mark for the third consecutive day.

“The dip in temperature is attributed to blowing of northerly wind from cold regions like Russia and Himalayan mountains. In the event of clear sky conditions, icy wind from north has caused drop in temperature in Orissa,” Mr. Sahu said.

The wintry phenomenon was assisted by low level of humidity prevailing over Orissa for past few days, he said, adding that generally anti-cyclonic wind pattern over Orissa helped maintain a moderate temperature pattern, but the wind pattern had been absent in the atmosphere for a week now.

“Although the region generally experiences lower temperature than other pockets of the State, still it is difficult to manage under seven degree Celsius temperature. By the evening everybody could be found. Doors and windows are closed from daytime,” said Alaka Mohanty, a homemaker from Phulbani.

To beat the severity of winter, people got together around the bonfire in rural region while shops and other business establishments were closed before normal time in the evening.