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Cold spell halts life in northern, southern regions

Lowest temperature recorded 5.8°C in Rangpur

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 January, 2019 12:00 AM
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Cold spell halts life in northern, southern regions

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The inhabitants, especially the poor in northern and southern regions of the country, are experiencing difficulties to run life and livelihood as cold spell associated with dense fog sweeps the regions. 

People living in the open and bus and railway stations are bearing the brunt of it.

Of the worst sufferers, day labour and slum dwellers are the ones who fail to afford warm clothes to beat the cold.

The country’s lowest temperature was recorded 5.8 degree celsius at Tetulia in Rangpur while the highest was 30.0 degree celsius at Sitakunda in Chattogram on Thursday.

Two mild to moderate cold wave (8-10°C) or (6-8°C) and two severe cold waves (4-6°C) may hit in the month of January, said meteorologists.

Severe cold wave is sweeping Panchagarh while mild to moderate cold wave over the rest part of Rangpur division and the regions of Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Srimangal, Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Jessore, Chuadanga, Shatkhira and Barishal, and it may continue and spread, said the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

Moreover, weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country while light fog may occur at places over the river basins of the country during late night to tomorrow morning, it also forecasted.

Night temperature might fall by (1-2°C) while day temperature remain nearly unchanged over the country, it added.

Thick fog was seen at places over the river basins and light to moderate fog elsewhere during midnight till morning, it said.

Farm and day labour, rickshaw peddlers and lower-income people who mainly work outside were forced to remain indoors because of extreme cold.

The dense fog had also been disrupting road and water transportation over the last few days.