The sweeping bone-chilling cold wave forced people to stay indoors and thick layers of fog affected vehicular movements on the roads and highways in the northern region till 9 am on Monday.
According to the Met Office sources, the lowest temperature was recorded at 5.5 degrees Celsius in Srimangal of Moulvibazar on Monday.However, the minimum temperatures recorded today were 7 degrees Celsius each at Rangpur, Dinajpur and Dimla, 6 degrees at Saidpur, 7.7 degrees Celsius at Tentulia and 7.2 degrees Celsius at Rajarhat points in the northern region.
On the other hand, the maximum temperatures recorded at 4 pm on Sunday were 14.6 degrees Celsius at Rangpur, 16.1 degrees at Dinajpur, 15 degrees at Saidpur, 18.5 degrees at Tentulia, 14.2 degrees at Dimla and 17 degrees Celsius at Rajarhat points.
Fogs, clouds and mists apparently gave most parts of the northern region a deserted look till 9 am today amid blowing cooler winds from the western and north-western directions exposing the poor and distressed people to extreme miseries.
However, the situation started improving when the sun appeared penetrating the thick layers of fog at 9 am today reducing sufferings of cold-stricken people, especially those living in the sandy char areas on the Brahmaputra basin.
Divisional Director (Health) Dr Ahad Ali said doctors continued to treat a higher number of people with cough, fever, asthma and other cold- related diseases during the past few days in Rangpur division.
According to the regular Met office bulletin, severe cold wave is sweeping over Nilphamari, Chuadanga and Moulvibazar districts. Mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Barishal divisions and elsewhere over Rangpur and Khulna divisions and the regions of Sitakunda, Rangamati, Cumilla, Feni, Sandwip and Hatiya and it may continue.Ridge of Sub-continental high extends up to West Bengal and adjoining area. Seasonal low lies over South Bay.
Weather will remain dry over the country. Moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during midnight to morning.
Night and day temperature may rise slightly over the country.