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Heat scorches nation, rain likely on Saturday

File photo: A man and his son return home under a scorching sun after Jummah prayers in Jessore town Md Tauhid-Uz-Zaman/Dhaka Tribune

People suffer amid sweltering heat across Bangladesh

As people across the country continue to suffer immensely due to scorching heat, the Met Office on Friday predicted that there might be rains in many districts under the influence of a depression formed over the Bay.

The highest temperature in Dhaka was recorded at 37.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday, the hottest day of the year, while so far on Friday the mercury rose to 35.8 degrees Celsius.

Mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions, and the regions of Comilla, Noakhali, Sandwip and Sitakunda.

However, the heatwave is likely to abate in the next 24 hours as there are chances of rain, according to a weather bulletin.

Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary south or southeast gusty or squally wind are likely to occur in many places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Faridpur, Khulna, Barisal, Patuakhali, Comilla, Noakhali, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar.

Also, light to moderate rains or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind and lightning flashes are likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at different places over the country, the bulletin added.

The day temperature might fall by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius while the night temperature might fall slightly over the country. The monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over north bay.

The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 on Friday as the low over north bay and adjoining area now lies over northwest bay and adjoining areas, and is likely to intensify.

Under its influence deep convection is taking place over north bay and adjoining coastal areas of the country. Squally weather is also likely to affect the ports and these areas.

All the fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay were advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice. They were also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

Heatwave lashes Kurigram

The ongoing intense heatwave is making the masses, particularly lower income people, suffer heavily in Kurigram for the past few days.

People were forced to remain indoors due to the heat.

On Friday, the highest temperature in the district was recorded at 38.1 degrees Celsius. However, the mercury dropped in the afternoon after a brief rainfall.

The highest temperature – 39 degrees Celsius – on Thursday was also recorded in Kurigram.

A number of people were also admitted to different hospitals in the district with fever and diarrhoea. The number of such patients was rising.

A man from Sadar upazila reportedly died after suffering a heatstroke, according to his family. But doctors said they were yet to determine the cause of death.

Jessore hit by heat as well

People were also suffering due to the sizzling heat for the past two days in Jessore.

On Friday, the highest temperature in the district was recorded at 35.4 degrees Celsius by the Met Office at Bangladesh Air Force Base Matiur Rahman.

Officials said the temperature was supposed to increase, but that did not happen due to sudden cloudy weather in the afternoon.

People avoided leaving the home even at the weekend because of the hot weather.

To avoid heatstroke and related illness, doctors have suggested staying hydrated and remaining at home unless necessary.

Many hospitalized in Jamalpur

Meanwhile, a number of people suffering from heatstroke and heat-related illness have been admitted to Jamalpur General Hospital over the past few days.

The other ailments include severe dehydration, fever, stomach ache, chest pain, kidney issues and diarrhoea.

The hospital’s Emergency Department Medical Officer Dr Shishir said 30 people – both men and women – were admitted in the Medicine Department while 10 others were admitted with diarrhoea till on Friday afternoon.

“The number of patients, however, is low today because it’s Friday. More people came to the hospital usually in the last few days,” he said.