Bangladeshis on Friday woke up to a rainy day with the lowest temperature recorded at 11.2°C as the weather has taken a turn after thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds hit the country late Thursday.
Several places in Dhaka, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Khulna divisions saw rainfall in the 24 hours to Friday morning. It started drizzling in several places in Dhaka city after 12pm, reports UNB.
In Tangail, the heavy rain has given way to biting cold making life difficult for the low-income people.
The district recorded 30mm of rain till 4pm on Friday and the lowest temperature was recorded at 15 °C.
Many places were waterlogged and reduced transport made commute difficult for office goers.
Barkat Ali, a rickshaw puller who caught a cold after being out in the rain, said that passengers are scarce due to the shower.
Tangail Met office chief Bazlur Rashid said that the heavy rainfall is likely to continue till Saturday and the temperature will drop further.
Meanwhile, Khulna recorded 42mm of rainfall in two hours, the highest in a long time, said Khulna Met office in-charge Amirul Azad.
The district saw cloudy skies and heavy rain on Friday leading to waterlogged roads in Khulna Metropolitan.
Locals said that this is the first time they saw such heavy rainfall during winter.
Amirul Azad, a meteorologist at the Khulna Meteorological Office, said that moderate to heavy fog is expected in the river basins of the country from midnight on Friday. The intensity of winter is being felt a little more due to clouds and fog all over the country.
Dinajpur recorded 30.3mm of rain till Friday leading to a significant temperature drop, said Tofazzal Hossain, in-charge of the Met office.
Moreover, the heavy rainfall is likely to destroy crops especially potatoes that are close to their harvest time.
Ibrahim Mollah, a pedestrian said that the drop in temperature has slowed down work as well.
Mohsin Ali, a rickshaw puller, complained that passengers could not be found despite being out in the rain all day.
Hakimpur Upzaila Agriculture Officer Dr Momotaz Sultana said that the mustard fields have also been damaged and the rain is likely to drastically affect the harvest.
“However, the full extent of the damage is still unknown,” she said.
Tarash upazila of Sirajganj recorded the most rain in the country at 17 millimetres, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said in its 9am weather bulletin.
Nighttime temperatures may remain nearly unchanged and day temperatures may fall by 2-3°C, the BMD forecast.
Light to moderate rain or thundershower accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet divisions, and at a few places in Chittagong, with moderately heavy falls at a few places in the country, the BMD added.
Besides, light to moderate fog may occur from midnight to morning, it said.
The lowest temperature in the country on Friday was recorded at 11.2°C in Tetulia of Panchagarh.