Bhubaneswar: Even as weathermen have predicted a harsher winter in north India this year, cold wave condition has already started gripping people at various places across the state.
As per the information shared Regional Met Centre here, as many as 13 places in the state recorded a minimum temperature below 20 degree Celsius in the las 24 hours. The stations that recorded below 20 degree Celsius are-Similiguda (19.1), Bhawanipatna (17.4), Titilagarh (17), Koraput (18), Nuapada (18), Daringibadi (13), Phulbani (16), Sonepur (17.8), Angul(19), Mahispat (19.8), Hirakud (19.5), Jharsuguda (19.6) and Keonjhargarh (17.4).
While Boudh recorded highest temperature of 34 degree Celsius, Phulbani witnessed lowest 16 degree temperature. Twin City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack reported the minimum temperature of 21.2 and 21 degree Celsius, respectively.
Temperature in norther areas of India is expected to fall to as low as 3 degrees C in January and February due to several factors, including La Nina, that has emerged in the Pacific, according to Todd Crawford, Director of Meteorology at Atmospheric G2.
La Nina, a weather phenomenon that forms when equatorial trade winds strengthen to bring colder and deep water up from the bottom of the sea. Besides, climate change has led to a lack of sea ice in the Arctic’s Kara Sea, which may contribute to high pressure ridging in that area. This leads to downstream colder conditions across northeast Asia, the weatherman added.