Weather sharply improves in northern districts

RANGPUR : The weather marked sharp improvement yesterday following disappearance of fog amid a sunny sky in the northern districts bringing remarkable easiness to the common people, official and local sources said, reports BSS.
The situation improved by and large following sharp rise in the maximum temperatures by six to nine degrees Celsius and some rise in the minimum temperatures by three to four degrees Celsius today amid sunny sky since 9 am everywhere.
Earlier, the weather deteriorated sharply causing bone-chilling cold when the gaps between the maximum and minimum temperatures came down to only four to six degrees Celsius amid thick layers of fogs during the past couple of days.
The Met Office yesterday recorded minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 8.7 degrees Celsius at divisional Rangpur city.
Besides, the minimum temperatures recorded today were 10 degrees Celsius at Dinajpur against yesterday’s 8.7 degrees and 10.8 degrees at Syedpur against saturday’s 7.8 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperatures ranged over 23 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 20 degrees on an average substantially increasing the gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures bringing huge relief to the common people yesterday.
Following sharp improvement of weather situation, the common people and farm- and day- labourers resumed normal activities everywhere including char areas, crop fields and growing Boro seedlings started getting relief from cold injuries.
Meanwhile, vehicular movements and activities in the business centres, markets, hats and bazars, river ports and ferry ghats, bus stands and terminals and rail stations also got full momentum since 10 am yesterday.
The district administrations, NGOs, voluntary, socio- cultural organizations, business bodies, banks and affluent people have further intensified distribution of warm clothes among the cold-hit distressed people.
Talking to BSS, Horticulture Socialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said the winter crops, Boro seedbeds and Rabi crop farming would not be affected if the weather continues improving onwards.
Renowned rice scientist with international repute and Associate Director- Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia and Africa) Dr MA Mazid said the peculiar climatic nature is being experienced as a result of adverse climate change impacts.
He suggested farmers for using Sulphur and nitrogen fertilisations with little gypsum and urea in Boro seedbeds after appearance of the sun to overcome little cold injuries caused to Boro seedlings during shivering cold and foggy weather in recent days.

According to reports reaching here from the remote char areas, sufferings of the people living on the Brahmaputra basin in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts substantially eased yesterday.