Dhaka logs highest temperature in 26 years
The people are not getting any respite from the heatwave sweeping across the country at least in the next two days, says the Met Office.
A mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, and it may continue until Wednesday, says the latest bulletin of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
Issued at 6pm on Monday, the bulletin forecasts that the weather will remain unchanged until Wednesday.
But the BMD’s five-day outook says that there may be rain or thundershowers, and the day temperature may also fall.
The situation prevails as a trough of low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area, with a seasonal low lying over the South Bay.
Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman told Bangla Tribune that there is no possibility of the temperature going down this month.
“The heatwave may spread further, instead,” he said, forecasting that the country might see a nor’wester in the first week of May, when the temperature may plummet due to rain.
A temperature between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius is considered a mild heatwave, 38 to 40 degrees Celsius moderate heatwave and above 40 degrees Celsius is an extreme heatwave.
It is feared that the intense summer heat with no rain will take a heavy toll on seasonal fruits, especially mangoes and lychees, and paddy, with the northern districts already left the worst victims of the heatwave.
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Dhaka temperature highest since 1995
Dhaka on Monday recorded a whopping 40.7 degrees Celsius – the highest temperature in 26 years. The temperature last surged to 39 degrees Celsius in 1995.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi also saw a hotter day on Monday with the temperature reaching 41.3 degrees Celsius.
Bangladesh’s highest ever temperature was recorded at 43 degrees Celsius in 1995. The figure for Dhaka was 42.3 degrees Celsius as recorded in 1960.
Just on Sunday, the country recorded the highest temperature – 41.2 degree Celsius in Jessore – in the last seven years. Media reports say Chuadanga recorded the last highest temperature – 42 degrees Celsius – in 2014.
While Jessore saw the maximum temperature, the lowest – 21.8 degrees Celcius – was recorded in Sylhet’s Srimangal upazila.