Bhubaneswar: The ongoing cold wave condition in Odisha will recede in next 24 hours with a rise in the night temperature, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.
The national weather agency, in its morning bulletin, said with the formation of a high-pressure zone, the wind direction from the north will be obstructed by the wind from the sea towards Odisha from January 3 resulting in the rise of the night temperature by 2-3 degree Celsius.
According to the Director of the Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) of SOA University and former director of the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar Sarat Chandra Sahu, the cold wave conditions will come down in the state with a gradual rise in the night temperature from January 5.
However, Sahu said with a change in the weather conditions, the cold wave will intensify from January 15 as the cold wind from northern Himalayan range will blow. As a result, there will be intense cold especially in the north and south interior districts of Odisha where the night temperature will fall below normal by 5-6 degrees Celsius.
Besides, the coastal districts will witness a fall in the night temperature by 2-4 degrees. The cold wave will prevail till January 21, Sahu added.
According to a morning bulletin by the IMD, the night temperature recorded till 8.30 am on Saturday remained below 10 degrees Celsius in Phulbani (8), Daringbadi (8.5) and Baripada (9.4).
Apart from this, the night temperature remained at 15 degrees and below at 21 places including Balasore (12.5), Chandbali (12.6), Paradip (14.9), Angul (12.6), Jharsuguda (12.2), Keonjhar (11.4), Sambalpur (14.1), Sundargarh (12), Hirakud (14.7), Talcher (13.7), Bhawanipatna (12.2), Balangir (12), Koraput (10.6), Titlagarh (13.2), Malkangiri (13.5), Sonepur (12.6), Nayagarh (14), Boudh (11.5) and Rayagada (12).
The twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar recorded 12 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively.