The intensity of cold has increased in Dhaka and other parts of the country due to the dense fog. Meteorologists have said that the severity of winter will increase further.
A mild cold wave is sweeping Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Nilphamari and Chuadanga districts and it may continue, said the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
Besides, the Met office recorded 8.5 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga, the lowest temperature in the country, on Thursday (December 29).
The BMD, however, predicted light rain or drizzle at one or two places over Chattogram division till 9:00 am today (Friday).
“Light rain or drizzle is likely to occur at one or two places over Chattogram division. Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country,” said a BMD bulletin.
Moderate to thick fog may occur at some places over the river basins and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country from midnight to morning, it added.
Night temperature may fall 1-3 degrees Celsius and day temperature may rise slightly over the country.
Meanwhile, ridge of sub-continental high extends up to Bihar and adjoining area. Seasonal low lies over South Bay, extending its trough to North Bay.
Although the intensity of cold has increased also in Dhaka, bone-chilling cold has disrupted normal life in Chuadanga district and some other parts in the country.
The daily wage earners and low-income people of Chuadanga district have been hit hard by cold as the people could not go outside in quest of work.
Rakibul Hasan of Chuadanga Weather Observatory office told media that they have recorded minimum temperature of 8.5 degrees Celsius in the district on Thursday morning and the temperature is likely to fall from Friday.
Patients are also suffering for the cold wave. Dr Mahbubur Rahman Milon, a child specialist of Chuadanga Sadar hospital, said that the number of patients in the outdoor department is rising as people with cold related diseases are thronging the hospital for treatment. They are struggling to provide healthcare to 300-400 children every day, he said.
People of northern districts are also facing intensified cold. Shivering cold disrupted normal activities of people in Kurigram district. The Met office recorded 11.0 degrees Celsius in the district and the mercury may fall below 10 in the coming days, said Tuhin Mia, in-charge of Kurigram Razarhat Agriculture Weather Observatory Office.