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Rain soaks parts of country ahead of cold wave

  • Published at 09:56 pm January 3rd, 2020
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File photo of rain in Dhaka city Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country during mid-night to morning

A moderate to heavy rainfall soaked capital Dhaka and many parts of the country from the early hours of on Friday, dropping the mercury and leaving people suffering.

The Met Office said rain or thundershowers had occurred at places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.

In the latest forecast issued on Friday evening, it said light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind was likely at many places over Barisal and Chittagong divisions and a few places over Khulna, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions in the next 24 hours, until 6pm Saturday.

Light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country during mid-night to morning, said Met Office. Night temperature may fall slightly and day temperature may rise slightly across the country.

Meanwhile, a cold wave is expected to sweep across the country from Sunday into Tuesday, with chilling temperatures stretching as far as the southern territories of Bangladesh.

On Thursday, Bangladesh Meteorological Department Bangladesh Director Shamsuddin Ahmed had said that there was also possibility of rain from January 3 to 6, which will drop the temperature.

He also said that the country would face three more cold waves in January — two of them severe.

He said the first severe cold wave was likely to arrive next week. It would be followed by a moderate spell in the middle of the month, and the next one, which will be severe too, is likely to strike the country at the end of January.

Shamsuddin added that the mercury will start dropping from January 6 at some parts of the country.

Meanwhile, 5,732 people were affected by various cold-related diseases across the country between Thursday and Friday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

It said that 51 deaths were also reported due to such diseases around the country between November 1 and January 2.