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Time to shiver once again, as winter renews itself

- Cold likely to persist for 72 hours, say Met officials; residents thank weather gods for lack of fog

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 23: Bring out your mufflers and shawls. The C is back in cold.

Cold wave conditions in north India have brought back the chill to the city and other parts of the state.

The city today recorded a minimum temperature of 13.7C, which is two degrees below normal.

Temperatures in the city were hovering around 20C for about a week. Cold wave conditions in northern and northwestern parts of the country have led to the drop.

Sources in the Regional Meteorological Centre said the dip in temperature is mainly because of icy cold winds coming from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

The situation is likely to persist for another 72 hours and after that there will be an increase in the minimum temperature, said a senior Met official. The Met department has forecast a minimum temperature of 13C and 14C for January 24 and 25, respectively.

The lack of fog has also added to the temperature dip. The high wind speed at the ground level is not favourable for fog formation. The moisture content has come down to 50 per cent, which is also not favourable for fog, said a Met official.

Not only Bhubaneswar, several parts of the state experienced a drop in the minimum temperature on Wednesday. The mercury dipped to 8.2C in Phulbani, while Sundergarh recorded a minimum temperature of 8.4C. The mercury read 8.5C and 9.9C in Baripada and Keonjhar, respectively.

We did not have to put on winter clothes most of the time during this month, but I dont dare to do the same now, said Nishant Mishra, a student.

However, Met officials said this January was not among the coldest months. If you look at the minimum temperatures for the month of January in past two years, this January is quite warm, said a Met official.

The city had recorded a minimum temperature of 9.3C in January in 2012, while the lowest temperature recorded in January 2011 stood at 9.9C. But this year, the temperature has not fallen below the 10C mark even once.

However, city residents should be happy that roads are clearly visible early in the morning. It would have been very difficult if visibility had fallen to less than 500 metres because of heavy fog. Though the temperature has fallen, one can drive safely early in the morning, said Biswajit Swain, a resident of Rasulgarh.