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Mild cold wave sweeps many districts

Published : 24 Dec 2022 10:22 PM | Updated : 25 Dec 2022 05:55 PM

The month of December is almost over as there are only six days left in this month. However, this year the capital city of Bangladesh or elsewhere in the country did not experience the bone-chilling cold of December compared to other years. 

The Meteorological department said that December this year is looking less cold than last year as well as the recent years. However, according to the department, there may be few cold spells at the end of December.

The average temperature record of Dhaka weather in the last 30 years shows that the minimum temperature in Dhaka was 12-13 degrees Celsius in mid-December. However, in the last six years, the average temperature of Dhaka has not dropped below 15 degrees Celsius. Exception is only on January 8 in 2018. The temperature of the capital that day was 9.4 degrees Celsius.

According to the meteorological department, the average temperature in Dhaka has increased by three degrees Celsius in the last 16 years.

Although there is no expected cold in Dhaka, winter shook many rural areas of Bangladesh, particularly the country’s northern region. Mild to severe cold wave is sweeping over the northern districts and some other parts of the country causing sufferings to the poor and the elderly people.

The cold has increased in the last few days in Dinajpur district due its geographical location as the district is close to the Himalayas.

People of the district have been experiencing severe cold with a foggy atmosphere. The low-income people have been hit the worst by the weather. The cold spell is hampering daily life in the district.

The people in areas close to the river are the worst sufferers due to a lack of warm clothes.

The extreme cold weather has also caused an outbreak of diarrhoea, pneumonia and other diseases in Dinajpur and its adjacent districts. The number of patients at M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital, Sadar Hospital, Arvindo Shishu Hospital and some other hospitals and private clinics is increasing every day.

The mild cold wave is sweeping over Naogaon and Panchagarh districts. The cold is likely to abate by today’s morning. The met office in its 24-hour weather forecast predicted that night and day temperature may rise slightly over the country.

The met office also forecast moderate to thick fog at places over the river basins and light to moderate fog elsewhere over the country during late night till this morning.

Besides, the met office also issued an alert message saying that the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas moved west-northwestwards and lies over the same area. It is likely to move west-southwestwards afterwards.

The met office asked all fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea not to venture into the depression area.

The country’s highest temperature on Friday was recorded 30.4 degrees Celsius at Teknaf in Chattogram division and Saturday’s lowest temperature was recorded 10 degrees Celsius at Badalgachhi in Rajshahi division.

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