DHAKA, Jan 8, 2018 (BSS) - The country has witnessed the lowest temperature in records as the mercury dipped to a chilling 2.6 degree Celsius.
"Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) today recorded the country's lowest temperature at 2.6 degree Celsius at Tetulia in the northern division Rangpur for the first time since its inception," Abdur Rahman, a meteorologist of BMD told BSS this evening.
The capital city also experienced the lowest temperature 9.5 degree Celsius on Monday, he said, adding that the previous lowest temperature recorded in Dhaka was 5.7 degree Celsius in 1964.
The previous lowest temperature of the country recorded by BMD was 2.8 degree Celsius in 1968, Rahman said.
"The severe cold wave is likely to continue till January 10. The chilling condition may improve after that, however, the temperature may fall or rise within this period," he added.
The severe cold wave sweeping through northern region and some other parts of the country paralyzed normal life of the people.
Bone-chilling cold and thick fog hit the people hard, especially in the north, forcing people to stay indoors. The season's first cold spell brought the normal life and businesses to almost standstill as people are facing hard time to deal with the shivering cold.