Different parts of the country, especially the northern one, are shivering with bone-chilling cold with a fall in mercury due to the prevailing cold wave, severely disrupting normal life, farming and communications.
According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), a mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping through vast parts of the country.It has affected Rangpur division and the regions of Gopalganj, Sitakunda, Feni, Sreemangal, Pabna, Badalgachhi, Jashore, Kumarkhali, Chuadanga, Barishal and Bhola, says the BMD.
The current spell of cold wave will continue for the next few days, said Shahinul Islam, a meteorologist at the BMD.
The mercury was hovering between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius in most parts of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions.
The lowest temperature in the country was recorded at Rajarhat in Kurigram and Tentulia in Panchagar on Sunday at 7 degrees Celsius. The mercury dipped to 13.4 degrees Celsius in Dhaka on the day.
Moderate to deep fog is likely to engulf the river basins with mild fog covering most parts of the country from midnight to morning, according to the BMD.
The season’s first cold wave spell hit the country on Friday with the lowest temperature recorded at 9 degrees Celsius in Tentulia.If the temperature is at or below 10 degrees Celsius, it is assumed that a cold wave is sweeping through. If the mercury lies between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius, it signals to a mild cold wave.
When the mercury drops below 6 degrees Celsius, it is assumed that a severe cold wave is blowing through.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agricultural Extension has issued guidelines for farmers to protect their harvest amid the cold snap.