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VOL 23 NO 53 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Sunday, January 3 2016
Posted : 03 Jan, 2016 20:23:07 AA-A+
Cold wave may sweep country in second week of January

Season’s second cold wave may sweep over the country at end of the second week of this month that may bring intense cold in the country, an official of the Met Office told the BSS on Sunday.

“Now wintry condition is normal with the mercury slightly in upward trend during the past couple of days . . . Upward trend of temperature is likely to continue in the next several days,” he told the news agency.

“We are forecasting that second spell of cold wave is likely to hit parts of the country from January 9 or 10 dipping mercury bellow 10 degrees Celsius,” the meteorologist said adding the country witnessed chilly weather after mid-December as first spell of cold wave swept during the period.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) sources said average maximum and minimum temperatures have increased two or three degrees Celsius in different parts in the country compared to the period of season’s first cold wave.

Md Sadiqul Alam, a meteorologist of BMD, told the news agency.

In the past few days, intensity of cold was largely normal due to relatively weak ridge of sub-continental high, he said adding, “We are feeling normal intensity of cold because of low appearance of fog and sunny weather this winter season.

People feel moderate cold, if sunny weather prevails in the morning as it contributes to rise day temperature, Alam added.

“Normally winter starts setting in at the beginning of December ... but in recent years we observed delay in its arrival. It is not clear whether it has any link with climate change,” a weather expert added.

According to climatologists, shrinking of winter period and prolonging of summer and rainy seasons are linked with climate change. As Bangladesh is already facing adverse impact of global warming, it is witnessing abnormal behavior of weather during the current decade, they added.

Setting of delayed cold might have link with climate change, they observed. – DH

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