Dhaka records lowest temp of season

New cold wave begins today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:13, Jan 28,2021


The capital Dhaka on Wednesday recorded the lowest minimum temperature so far this winter with meteorologists warning that yet another cold wave may sweep over parts of Bangladesh from today.

In 24 hours until 6:00am on Wednesday the daily minimum temperature was recorded in Dhaka at 11.9 degrees Celsius, nearly three degrees above the country’s lowest temperature of 9.0 degrees Celsius recorded at Rajarhat, Kurigram.

‘This is the lowest temperature so far recorded in Dhaka,’ said meteorologist Abdul Mannan.

He said that the overall temperature in the country is likely to fall from today bringing in a cold wave.

‘The temperature is likely to fall as fog reduces,’ he said.

The cold wave may sweep north and north-eastern districts for next two to three days while there may be pockets of cold weather elsewhere in the country, said meteorologists.

On Wednesday, the daily minimum temperature across Bangladesh was mostly around 10°C, the threshold determining the beginning of cold wave.

A mild cold wave occurs when daily minimum temperature stays between 10°C and 8°C. The country’s highest maximum daily temperature of 29°C was recorded at Sitakunda.

Though the duration and density of fog has reduced compared to last week, reduced visibility continued to hamper road and river traffic.

The New Age correspondent in Munshiganj reported that the ferry service over the Padma River between the Shimulia and Bangla Bazar terminals remained suspended for three hours after 4:00am on Wednesday.

On the other hand, the operation of ferries between Paturia and Daulatdia terminals was closed for almost six hours after 12:30pm due to dense fog. About 250 goods-laden trucks were stuck at Paturia until Wednesday afternoon, BIWTC deputy general manager Zillur Rahman told New Age.

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