Bhubaneswar: Severe cold wave conditions continued to sweep across Odisha in the past 24 hours with the falling of mercury below 10 degrees Celsius at 12 places.

With a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, western Odisha town Phulbani has become the coldest place in the State.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s Bhubaneswar regional centre, Daringbadi was the second coldest place with recording of 6.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Jharsuguda (7.1), Titilagarh (7.3), Sundargarh (7.5), Keonjhar (7.6), Bhawanipatna (8), Rayagada (8), Bolangir (9), Sambalpur (9.5), Koraput (9.5) and Boudh (9.6).

Capital city Bhubaneswar along with Angul and Nayagarh district towns recorded a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius each.

Bhubaneswar city has recorded a minimum temperature of 10 degrees or below temperature in the month of December, for the fourth time in the past 11 years (2011 to 2021). The city had witnessed 8.2 degrees, 9.8 degrees and 10 degrees on December 30, 2018 (all time record), December 31, 2019 and December 21, 2021, respectively, the Met centre officials said.

Cold wave condition is very likely to prevail over the districts of Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Bargarh, Bolangir and Nuapada in the next 24 hours, it said. After 48 hours, the situation is likely to improve as temperature is set to increase in many places across the State, sources said.

The weather forecasting office has advised people to stay indoors during night & early morning and use multiple clothes to avoid exposure to cold. It also suggested people to