The winter has set in with a cold wave coupled with fog sweeping across the country at the beginning of the Bengali month of Poush.
People experienced mild cold on Friday as the lowest temperature in the country plummeted to 9.5 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga. The mercury has also dipped in other parts of the country.
City dwellers have started feeling the chilly bite with fog enveloping it in the morning and late at night.
Normal life and agricultural activities in different districts, including Rajshahi, Chuadanga, Satkhira and Moulvibazar, are mainly being affected by the cold.
The lowest temperature in the country was 11.5 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi on Thursday and it dipped to 9.6 degrees Celsius in the city on Friday.
In the capital, the lowest temperature was recorded at 17.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday while it declined to 17.1 degrees Celsius on Friday.
Moderate to thick fog may occur over the river basins and light to moderate fog elsewhere over the country from late night to morning, according to a forecast of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
One or two mild (8-10 degrees Celsius) to moderate (6-8 degrees Celsius) cold waves may prevail over northern, northeast and central regions in December, according to a three-month forecast of BMD.
Two or three mild-to-moderate cold waves may sweep through the country while two of them may turn severe (4-6 degrees Celsius) in January, it said.
Last year, the winter was relatively warm and it did not set in even after the November-December period.
But, this year the winter started to appear in the northern region from the second week of November and spread across the country gradually.