Bangladesh has been experiencing its record lowest temperature since 1968 as mercury dipped to 3.2 degrees Celsius in Dinajpur on Wednesday (January 09, 2013). The mercury dipped to 2.8 degrees Celsius in Srimangal 45 years ago, said Arif Hossain, an assistant meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Dhaka's temperature was 7.2 degree Celsius on Wednesday while it was 9.6 degrees on the previous day. In a Met Office forecast for 24 hours that commenced from 9:00am Wednesday, severe cold wave is sweeping over the regions of Pabna, Dinajpur, Sayedpur, Tangail and Kushtia.
Mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over rest part of Rajshahi, Rangpur and Dhaka divisions and the regions of Jessore and Srimangal, the forecast said.
The freezing weather may continue for three to four days, said meteorologist Md Rasheduzzaman.
On January 17, 1996, Dinajpur Met office recorded 3.8 degree Celsius. The temperature however increased to 6.5 degree Celsius around 11:00am Wednesday, Met officials said. The sudden dip of mercury level troubled the public life especially children, elderly and poor people in Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts.