Mild cold wave likely for two more weeks
There was no respite from shivering cold in different regions including the northern districts though the overall temperature of the country increased by 4.5 degree Celsius yesterday. The moderate cold wave that disrupted the normal life in different areas may continue for two to three more days, according to meteorologists at the Bang-ladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
They, however, think the mild cold wave, sweeping over most regions of the country, is likely to continue throughout January. "The moderate cold wave, severity with minimum temperature at 6.1-8.0 degree Celsius, is likely to abate by the next two or three days," said Mizanur Rahman, a meteorologist at the BMD.
"But the mild cold wave situation, severity with minimum mercury level at 8.1-10.0 degree Celsius, may continue throughout this month (January) over a few regions of the country."
The country's overall temperature has increased by 4.5 degree Celsius with yesterday's minimum temperature reaching 7.0 degree Celsius at northwestern Tetulia that witnessed record low temperature at 2.6 degree Celsius on January 8.
The Bangladesh Meteo-rological Department in a regular weather bulletin yesterday said mild to moderate cold wave swept over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Jessore, Kushtia, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Barisal, Sitakunda and Rangamati.
Moderate to thick fog may occur over the country from midnight to Sunday morning and it may continue at places till noon while weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country. Night temperature may rise by 1-2 degree Celsius and day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
Yesterday's minimum temperature was recorded 7.0 degree Celsius at Tetulia and Jessore respectively and maximum temperature at 24.8 degree Celsius at Barisal's Khepupara on Friday. In Chittagong, the cold wave partially paralyzed the life with massive disruption of air, water and road communications.
According to sources at the traffic control room of Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport (CSAIA), dense fog disrupted flight operations at the airport yesterday. Airport sources said the flight schedule of domestic and international flights was changed for two to four hours due to dense fog.
Radio control room of Chittagong port authority sources said due to thick fog plying of all kinds of ships in port channel remained suspended since Friday night. The port authority abruptly prompted to impose a ban on movements of all vessels till 11:00am yesterday to and from Chittagong owing to poor visibility.
However, flight and vessel movements returned to normalcy around 12:00pm yesterday when the fog started to lessen. In Manikganj, the ferry service on the Paturia-Daulatdia route remained suspended for over seven hours and resumed at around 10:00am yesterday due to poor visibility caused by dense fog.
According to officials at the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), some 500 vehicles, including passenger buses, trucks and cars remained stranded at Paturia ghat.
Five ferries remained stuck in the middle of the river while seven others lay anchored at Paturia and four at Daulatdia ghats with a good number of vehicles and passengers on board. They added that the playing of all engine boats and launches also remained suspended at the time of dense fog.