Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2021-01-13 14:20:52 BdST
The lowest temperature in the country was recorded in Badalgachhi of Naogaon on Wednesday at 7.8 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, in Dhaka, the mercury dipped to as low as 15.6 degrees Celsius.
A mild cold wave has been sweeping across Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Dinajpur, Syedpur and Kurigram and may persist for a few more days, according to meteorologist Monowar Hossain.
“The country already experienced spells of cold weather this winter in December. This is the first cold wave of the new year and a mild to moderate cold wave is expected to continue in some parts. It will expand further.”
The temperatures are likely to drop even further in the coming days, the meteorologist added.
A thick layer of fog covers a platform of Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka in the morning on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecast two severe cold waves in January.
The country usually faces its coldest spell in January. In 2018, the mercury dropped to 2.6 degrees Celsius at Panchagarh's Tetulia, the lowest on record.
The Met Office predicts a slight drop in temperature in the next 24 hours.
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 the mercury drops below 6 degrees Celsius, it is assumed that an intense cold wave is blowing through.