ROURKELA: Bonfires are back on the streets and sale of winter garments has shot up as intense cold wave condition grips Sundargarh district.
On Sunday, Sundargarh town recorded the season’s lowest temperature of six degree Celsius while other areas of the district also witnessed a considerable drop in temperature.
The minimum temperature at Rourkela, about 100 kms from Sundargarh, was below 10 degrees on Sunday, as per the part-time IMD observatory at Sundargarh. The maximum temperature was 29 degrees on the day. Chilly weather also prevailed in the hilly and forested pockets of the district.
The intense cold condition has been continuing in the district for the last couple of days. From Thursday to Saturday a consistent drop in minimum temperature from 12.5 degrees to 6.5 degrees was recorded while the maximum temperature hovered around 29 degrees at Sundargarh.
With the temperature likely to remain low for the next few days, the news has come as a boon for sellers of winter garments. The Tibetan winter garment market near Konark Talkies in the city along with scores of big and small winter shops were seen making brisk business.
A shopkeeper Monu Agarwal said, about 10 days ago there was a good demand for woolens after a sudden drop in mercury but again the temperature rose resulting in a slump in business.
Tourists Throng Daringbadi
Phulbani: Tourists from different parts of the State flocked to Daringbadi, the Kashmir of Odisha, which recorded the season’s first snowfall on Saturday.
Meanwhile on Sunday, the mercury level dropped by nine degrees to touch two degree Celsius at Phulbani, the lowest temperature of the season in the entire State, said weather observer at the collectorate Santosh Kumar Patnaik. Last year, on this day Phulbani town recorded 2.5 degree.