Sales of winter clothes and blankets are gearing up in shopping malls, clothing stores and makeshift shops in the capital and elsewhere in the country as the winter approaches.People started to feel cold with fog in the air, especially through the night and morning, ahead of the beginning of the winter season.
The winter is not far away as a cold wave from the sub-continental terrain is set to reach the country, bringing in the cool weather soon, said a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
He said a ‘light chill wave’ is sweeping across the country’s northern part.
The first phase of the cold wave might be sweeping across the country in the first week of December, said Ruhul Kuddus, a meteorologist at BMD.
“Temperature may increase slightly as seasonal low lies over the South Bay,” he said, adding that temperature will start decreasing after 4-5 days. People in the northern districts have experienced as low as 13.0 degree Celsius temperature while Dhaka city experienced 18.3 degree Celsius so far, according to BMD.
The difference between night and day temperatures has been decreasing gradually, said the Met Office. It said the weather will become colder in the middle of December to January with several cold waves sweeping across the country.People are visiting different shopping malls, shops, makeshift shops for buying winter clothes. Seasonal traders have put on display warm clothes and blankets, including second-hand ones, at different shopping malls, shops and roadside makeshift stores in the capital.
Many people are also visiting tailoring shops for making suits, blazer and other warm clothes. Different outlets and floating shops in New Market, GPO, Purana Paltan, Farmgate, Mohammadpur, Mirpur and Sadarghat areas are also selling blankets and various warm clothes. The most popular items in such shops include sweaters, jackets, wool shirts, trousers and blazers of different price ranges. Traders said they have started selling warm clothes before the onset of winter. “The sales will gear up with the fall in temperature,” a trader said.
Most of the low-income people are buying warm clothes at cheaper rates from the makeshift shops in the capital. Many are searching for second-hand items. During a visit to the New Market area on Friday, this correspondent found different types of sweaters, jackets and blankets put on display.
Rafiqul Islam, a private service holder who was shopping winter clothes at the market, told the Daily Sun that he bought a jacket, a sweater and a few blankets for this winter.
Several traders at New Market said they sell sweaters, jackets and blankets at competitive prices, making nominal profits so that low-income group of people can afford them.