Mild cold wave sweeping across country

Staff Correspondent

16 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A mild cold wave is sweeping across Rangpur division and the regions of Tangail, Gopalganj, Mymensingh, Srimangal, Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Jashore and Chuadanga.

Country’s minimum temperature was recorded 6.5 degree Celsius at Badalgacchi in Naogaon while lowest temperature in Dhaka was recorded 12.3 degree Celsius on Friday, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

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 amid the biting cold.

The cold wave sweeping over the northern and northwestern regions may continue for two or more days.

Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the river basins of the country and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country during midnight to morning.             

The first spell of cold wave swept over the country in the last part of December. However, people in the country witnessed comparatively lower cold in the first week of January.

The first spell of mild to moderate cold wave gripped Rangpur, Rajshahi, Kushtia and Jashore during December 18-31. The lowest temperature of this winter season was recorded 6.6 degrees Celsius in Rajarhat.

The country usually faces its coldest spell in January. In 2018, the mercury dropped to 2.6 degrees Celsius at Panchagarh's Tetulia, the lowest on record.

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 indicates a mild cold wave, when it lies between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius, it indicates a moderate cold wave and 4 to 6 degrees Celsius indicates a severe cold wave.