The biting cold wave coupled with dense fog, which has been sweeping across the country for the last one week, is likely to continue for two more days.
The severe cold wave, sweeping across Jessore and Kushtia regions, may become a mild to moderate cold wave from today, said Sahinul Islam, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, on Wednesday.A mild-to-moderate cold wave is sweeping across Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barisal, Mymensingh divisions, remaining part of Khulna division and the regions of Faridpur, Madaripur, Tangail, Srimangal, Sitakundu, Comilla and Feni, according to the Met Office.
One or two more cold waves may sweep across the country this month, he said.
The mercury level is likely to decrease slightly on January 16 and 17, exposing the country to another mild to moderate cold wave for the second time in current season, he said.
Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the country during midnight till Thursday morning but it may continue till noon over northwestern part of the country while weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country.
Minimum temperature of the country was recorded at 5.5 degree Celsius at Chuadanga on Wednesday while maximum temperature at 27.0 degrees at Teknaf in Chittagong division.
The capital Dhaka experienced 12.1 degree Celsius on Wednesday. The minimum temperature in Dhaka was 10.7 degrees on Tuesday.People, especially the elderly ones and low-income group, have been facing untold sufferings due to the cold weather.
A large number of disadvantaged people living in open and public spaces like bus and railway stations, day-labourers and slum dwellers are suffering a lot as they cannot afford to buy warm clothes.
The number of patients with cough, fever, asthma and cold-related diseases marked a sharp rise during the last couple of days, hospital sources said.