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Marginal rise in temperature in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Marginal rise in temperature amid foggy conditions in some parts of Odisha brought respite from the intense cold wave, while Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district became the coldest place in the state today.

Dense fog enveloped the skyline over the state capital of Bhubaneswar and surrounding areas during the morning hours leading to poor visibility that affected vehicular movement for sometime. The capital city recorded a minimum temperature of 16 degrees Celsius compared to 15.1 degrees Celsius registered yesterday, the MeT office said.

Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi, turned out to be the coldest place in the state with mercury settling at 6.7 degrees Celsius.

However, Kandhamal which had been the coldest zone in the state, warmed up a bit with the district headquarter town of Phulbani recording a minimum 9.5 degrees Celsius as against 5.6 degrees Celsius measured yesterday.

The mercury stood at 7 degrees Celsius at the picturesque Daringibadi in the hilly district, the MeT office said.

The minimum temperature remained below 10 degrees Celsius in at least six places in the state.

The minimum temperature at Sundargarh stood at 8.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 9.3 and 9.6 degrees Celsius at Hirakud and Talcher, respectively.