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Weather sharply improves in northern districts

RANGPUR, Jan 08, 2018 (BSS) - The weather in the country's northern districts sharply improved today following disappearance of fogs amid a sunny sky, which brings a relief to the common people, officials said.

They said the situation improved due to sharp rise in the maximum temperatures by eight to 12 degrees Celsius despite further falls in the minimum temperatures today.

Earlier, the weather deteriorated sharply causing chilling cold when the gaps between the maximum and minimum temperatures came down to only four to six degrees Celsius amid fogs during the last couple of days.

In-charge of Rangpur Met Office Mohammad Ali said the minimum temperature of 4.9 degrees Celsius was recorded today against yesterday's 7.5 degrees while maximum of 21 degrees (at 3 pm) against yesterday's 12 degrees Celsius in Rangpur city.

The minimum temperatures recorded today were 3.2 degrees Celsius against yesterday's 5.1 degrees in Dinajpur, 2.9 degrees against yesterday's 7.2 degrees in Syedpur, 3 degrees against yesterday's 8.2 degrees in Dimla and 3.1 degrees against yesterday's 7 degrees Celsius in Rajarhat points in the sub-Himalayan region.

The average maximum temperature ranged between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius today against 12 and 15 degrees Celsius yesterday in the region.

"The maximum temperatures ranged between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius increasing the gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures to 12 to 15 degrees Celsius bringing a relief to people," Mohammad Ali said.

Following the sharp improvement of weather situation, the common people and day-labourers have started getting back to their normal activities, including char areas, crop fields, and the Boro seedlings started getting better weather to grow up.

Talking to BSS, Horticulture Socialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension Khandker Md Mesbahul Islam said the winter crops, Boro seedbeds and Rabi crops will not be affected if the weather continues improving.

He asked farmers to use Sulphur and nitrogen fertilisations with little gypsum and urea in their Boro seedbeds after appearance of the sun to overcome cold problems caused in the boro seedbeds during the shivering cold and foggy weather in recent days.

Meanwhile, vehicular movements and activities in business centres, markets, hats and bazars, river ports and ferry ghats, bus stations and terminals and rail stations got full momentum since 9 am today.

The administrations, NGOs, voluntary, socio-cultural organisations, business entities, banks and affluent people have further intensified the distribution of warm clothes among the cold-hit distressed people.

Similar reports of improving weather have been received here today from Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh district.