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Dhaka Tribune

No respite in sight from rain, gusty weather

Khulna records its highest rainfall in four years

Update : 15 Sep 2022, 10:20 PM

More rain, coupled with gusty weather, is likely to drench Bangladesh today as the monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate elsewhere over the North Bay, the weather department said on Thursday.

“Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty winds are likely to occur at many places over Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh and Chittagong divisions with moderately heavy falls at places over the country,” it said.

Day temperature may rise by 1-2 degrees and night temperature may rise slightly over the country.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature was recorded in Sylhet at 32.9 degrees while the minimum was 23.5 degrees in Rajahat of Rangpur.

Meanwhile, Khulna on Thursday recorded its highest rainfall in four years, 130 millimetres in 5 hours, creating havoc for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees. 

The district witnessed the record rainfall triggered by a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal which left several areas in the metropolitan waterlogged.

SSC candidates had to wade through dirty water and step carefully to avoid falling into potholes. 

The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra were asked to lower cautionary signal No 3, with the threat of a storm finally subsiding.

Amid torrential rains since Sunday and tidal surges influenced by low pressure over the Bay, 750 hectares of cropland have been inundated in Bagerhat, said the Department of Agricultural Extension yesterday.

The sun became visible after five days but heavy rains from 3 am to 6 am inundated the low-lying areas.

The weather office had earlier urged the maritime ports to hoist cautionary signal No 3 -- which means a depression has formed and may affect the port later -- in the wake of the formation of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.

But squally weather is unlikely over the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, the Met office said in a special bulletin on Thursday.

However, all fishing boats and trawlers in the North Bay and the deep sea have been advised to proceed with caution till this evening, it added.

The well-marked low pressure area over the central part of Madhya Pradesh and adjoining areas has moved north-northwestwards and now lies over western Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, in its bulletin, said the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma rivers were on a falling trend, which may continue in next 48 hours. 

All the major rivers in the north-eastern region of the country were on a rising trend, which may continue today.

Our correspondent Hedait Hossain Mollah from Khulna contributed to the story

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