Thundershowers drench Dhaka, other parts of Bangladesh

A nor'wester is likely to lash Bangladesh on Friday or Saturday

As forecast by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), several parts of the country including Dhaka experienced drizzle with thunderstorms on Wednesday morning.

According to the forecast, the sky was cloudy in the morning.

As the day progressed, the clouds began to increase. It started raining in some areas of Dhaka from 10:30am. Besides, some places experienced drizzle and moderate rain. 

Apart from Dhaka, there was rain and lightning in several areas including Narayanganj, according to the BMD. 

Meteorologist Shahinul Haque said according to the previous forecast of the BMD, it is raining in different parts of the country including Dhaka on Wednesday. 

A nor'wester is also likely to lash Bangladesh on Friday or Saturday.

Day and night temperatures may fall slightly over the country, the BMD said in its weather bulletin. 

The country's highest temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 35.3°C in Rangamati and the lowest temperature on Wednesday was 16°C in Tetulia.

The highest rainfall for the 24 hours till 6am on Wednesday was recorded at 22 millimetres in Sylhet.

The sun sets at 6:07pm on Wednesday and rises at 6:07am on Thursday in Dhaka.

On the other hand, the Agriculture Ministry in a media release said light to moderate rain is likely to occur in all districts from March 17- 22.

In the release, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) provided some instructions for farmers.

The instructions include refraining from using sewerage, fertilizers and insecticides during the period, and harvesting ripe crops and reserving them in dry spaces. 

The farmers were asked to use fertilizers and insecticides after the gusty rain, as per the instructions.

A heat wave has been sweeping over parts of the country for the last few days. 

Nor'wester or Kalbaishakhi occurs in India and Bangladesh often with violent hurricane-speed winds, and the pre-monsoon nor'wester is caused by heavy convection for excessive heat.

Another danger that has come to the fore in recent years is lightning accompanying nor'westers, which have taken scores of lives in recent years. 

In 2016, 42 people were killed in a single day of nor'westers across the country.