Cold wave may continue for couple of days

Staff Correspondent

17 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A mild cold wave has been sweeping over different parts of the country, particularly the northern region, for the last three days, according to Met Office sources.

Normal life and agriculture activities in northern, northwestern and northeastern regions are mainly being disrupted due to the cold wave.

Country’s lowest temperature was recorded at 7.9 degrees Celsius at Srimangal while lowest temperature in Dhaka was recorded at 13.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

A mild cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Srimangal, Pabna, Bogura, Badalgachhi, Dinajpur and Chuadanga and it may continue, forecasted the local met office. 

People, especially the elderly ones and people of low-income group, have been facing untold sufferings due to the cold wave.

A large number of disadvantaged people living in open and public spaces like bus, 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, asthma and other cold-related diseases has marked a sharp rise in different areas of the northern region, hospital sources said.

Weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country. Moderate to thick fog is likely to occur over the river basins and light to moderate fog is likely to 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 at 6.5 degrees Celsius in Badalgachi in Noagaon.

The country usually faces its coldest spell in January. In 2018, the mercury dropped to 2.6 degrees Celsius at Panchagarh’s Tentulia, 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.