Next few days likely to stay foggy, cold

Communication disrupted, pockets of Bangladesh under mild cold wave

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:58, Jan 23,2021


Meteorologists warned on Saturday that foggy weather might continue over the next two days with a mild cold wave sweeping pockets of northern, north-eastern and southern Bangladesh.

They said that dense fog would continue to descend along river basins after midnight bringing vehicle movement to a stop for up to eight hours, slowing down traffic on highways and causing isolated congestion.

Although the night temperature may slightly increase after two days the overall feeling of cold, however, would remain more or less the same over the next few days, said meteorologists.

‘Cold feeling will largely dominate the last week of the month,’ said meteorologist Abdul Mannan.

In the 24 hours till 6:00am on Saturday, the lowest minimum temperature in the country was recorded at 9°C at Srimangal.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department in its daily weather bulletin said that a mild cold wave was sweeping Rangamati, Srimangal and Panchagarh.

A mild cold wave occurs when temperature falls below 10°C. The minimum temperature was recorded at about 10°C at many places across all divisions in the country.

The daily maximum temperature varied greatly from 19°C to 28°C.

New Age correspondent in Manikganj reported that the ferry service across the Padma river between the Paturia and Daulatdia ghats remained suspended for six hours from 10:00am on Friday.

The suspension of the ferry service left stranded at least five ferries in the middle of the river and hundreds of vehicles with thousands of passengers on the both sides of the river.

By the time, the ferry service resumed at about 4:00am on Saturday, the queue of vehicles at Paturia ghat stretched four kilometres with the police stopping goods carrying trucks far ahead of the ghat in order to let passenger cross the river first.

New Age correspondent in Munshiganj reported that the ferry service between the Shimulia and Bangla Bazar ghats was suspended for almost eight hours from 2:00am on Saturday.

About 400 vehicles queued on the road leading to the ghat when the ferry service began again at about 9:30am.

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