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Cold wave rattles Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 27: A chilly spell of weather, coupled with fog, has disrupted life in various parts of the state.

Freezing winds from the Himalayas has brought the mercury down drastically and Kandhamal reported the lowest temperature of 2.6C today.

While cold wave conditions prevailed in Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Angul, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Bhawanipatna and Kandhamal, severe cold wave conditions persisted in Baripada and Balangir.

Baripada recorded the lowest temperature of 5C, followed by 5.9C in Sundergarh. Keonjhar and Sambalpur both recorded a minimum temperature of 6.3C.

The state capital, Gopalpur and Angul remained foggy.

The wind is very cold and its become painful to ride a motorcycle in the morning, said Sadashiv Barik, a resident of Bhubaneswar.

The foggy weather has led to decrease in maximum day temperature, which, along with cold breeze, has forced a large number of people to stay indoors.

Sources at the regional meteorological centre, Bhubaneswar, said the cold wave conditions would prevail for next 48 hours.

The night temperature is likely to increase in next 48 hours because of the formation of an anti-cyclonic circulation, said the director of the meteorological centre, Sarat Chandra Sahu.

Roads have been wearing deserted looks and people can be spotted sitting around bonfires.

It has been a week since the temperature began to fall and the extreme cold is causing a lot of inconvenience, said Ranjan Murmu, a resident of Baripada.

Bhubaneswar recorded a minimum temperature of 12.2C, three degrees lower than normal.

The lowest temperature that was recorded in the city this winter till now was on December 25 when the mercury fell to 11C.

The cold wave conditions have also affected small time businessmen in the city.

I used to close my shop around 10 oclock but with the cold, I am closing it by 9pm, said Saroj Nath, who has a shop near Sriya Square.

However, winter garment sales have gone up in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.