A biting cold wave accompanied by dense fog has been sweeping across northern and western regions and some other parts of the country, affecting regular life.
The country’s lowest temperature was recorded at 6.1 degrees Celsius at Tentulia of Panchagarh on Saturday, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
A mild cold wave is sweeping across most of the divisions, including Rajshahi and Rangpur, and it may abate within the next one to two days, said a meteorologist of BMD.
The temperature may decrease further from Monday, he said.
Moderate-to-thick fog may occur over the river basins and adjoining area and light-to-moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country from midnight to morning and it may continue at places till noon.
Night temperature may remain nearly unchanged and day temperature may rise by 1-2° Celsius over the country, the meteorologist said, adding that weather may remain dry with a temporary partly cloudy sky over the country.
Temperature between 8 to 10 degrees Celsius is considered a mild cold wave, 6 to 8 degrees Celsius a moderate cold wave and less than 6 degrees Celsius a severe cold wave. Night temperature may rise slightly and day temperature may fall slightly over the country.
Around 80 people died of acute respiratory infection (ARI) and pneumonia and over 52,000 infection cases were reported in the last two months across the country.
The number of patients, including children and elderly people, suffering from cold-related diseases has increased in different places, including in Dhaka city.
According to data provided by the Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 52,393cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) and pneumonia were detected and 78 people died of the diseases from November 14 to January 12.
Meanwhile, 3,33,902 diarrhoea patients were reported while three of them died in the country during the same period, the DGHS data added.