Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Centre (IMD) here has issued yellow warning with isolated to severe cold wave conditions likely to sweep 18 districts of Odisha from February 7 to 10.
The night temperature is expected to fall by 2 to 4 degree Celsius till February 10 under the influence of northwesterly/ northerly dry and cold wind at lower level penetrating the state, the Met office said.
The districts include Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Kalahandi (from 8.30 am of February 7 to 8.30 am of February 8); Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Boudh, Sonepur, Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada and Nabarangpur (from 8.30 am of February 8 to 8.30 am of February 9) and Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Balangir, Boudh, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Nabarangpur (from 8.30 am of February 9 to 8.30 am of February 10)
The office of Special Relief Commissioner has advised people of the districts under yellow warning to stay indoors during the night to avoid exposure to cold. They have been asked to avoid riding two-wheelers and travel in open cars at night.
The collectors have been directed to ensure that school building, community buildings and other available building are opened for use as shelter during the night by homeless and the needy.