Bhubaneswar: The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in Odisha till Wednesday morning and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a drop in temperature by 3 to 4 degree Celsius in the next two days.
“The temperature will dip under the influence of dry and cold northerly and north-westerly winds blowing towards Odisha,” said Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Scientist Umasankar Das.
The Met office has issued yellow warning of cold wave for one or two places in Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Deogarh districts on Monday morning.
Cold wave conditions are also expected at isolated places in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Angul, Deogarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Balasore and Bhadrak districts between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Similar conditions will prevail at one or two places in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Balangir and Bargarh districts between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The weatherman has also issued shallow to moderate fog warning for a few places in the state from Tuesday night to Friday morning.
In anticipation of severe cold wave, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed the respective district collectors to ensure that school and community buildings are opened for use as shelter by the homeless and the needy during the night.
The Met office further said that the mercury is likely to witness a slight rise after February 10. Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur and Balangir are likely to experience relatively less cold condition after February 10.