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Panchagarh temperature drops to record 4.5˚C

  • Published at 02:47 pm December 29th, 2019
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He said the temperature was 5.4 degrees at 6am on Sunday

The temperature of Panchagarh has plummeted to 4.5 degrees Celsius in the morning, the lowest in the country in this season, leaving the whole district shivering in the cold.

 The country's lowest temperature in the season was recorded in Tetulia upazila of the district at 9am on Sunday, said Md Rohidul Islam, acting officer of Tetulia Weather Observatory.

He said the temperature was 5.4 degrees at 6am and it fell to 4.5 degrees at 9am.  

Although the sun was seen in the morning, there is no end to the intensity of the cold.  

Residents of the district saw sunlight around 7am after a long time and many took the opportunity to come out of their houses and shops to feel the warmth of the sun. 

 For the last few days, the people of this district have been experiencing extreme cold, prompting most to stay indoors. With inadequate warm clothing at their disposal, lower income workers of these areas were seen trying to stay warm by lighting up small fires.

Tetulia, the last border town in Bangladesh's north, is no stranger to extreme cold. On January 8 last year, the mercury plummeted to 2.6 degrees Celsius there, the lowest-ever recorded in Bangladeshi history.

The met office has also forecasted that the temperature will drop even lower in January.  

The chilly weather is disrupting normal life, affecting poor, children, elderly and day labourers hard.  

The district administration said some 40,000 blankets have so far been distributed among the cold-hit people. Meanwhile, the number of patients with cold-related diseases has increased.  

Over 100 patients are taking treatment at hospital outdoors while those seriously ill are being admitted to hospitals.