POST TIME: 13 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 June, 2019 01:35:47 AM
Heatwave to continue for two days
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Heatwave to continue for two days

The ongoing heatwave across the country is likely to continue for the next two days, the Met office said yesterday. However, there is a possibility of light rains after June 14, it added. But that is going to compound the problem. “After eight to 10 hours of rain, the temperature will increase further across the country,” said Rahul Kuddus, a meteorologist with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Around 12 noon yesterday, the highest temperature recorded was 37.5°C in Dhaka division, while the lowest temperature at that time was 35.2°C in Rangpur division. Meanwhile, Dhaka residents felt suffocated because of the heat wave. People from the lower-middle class suffered the most. The high humidity level made the condition worse.

With the sun spewing fire, many people turned to the comforts of summer drinks sold by roadside vendors. Desperate for a breath of fresh air, passengers complained that travelling in buses across the city felt like being roasted alive. There was not a drop of rain till yesterday.  

A Dhaka resident, Younus Mia, said it was very difficult to continue daily work because of the unbearable hot weather. According to the Met forecast issued yesterday, rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty winds are likely to occur at one or two places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, and the weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country.

A mild heat wave is sweeping over the regions of Rajshahi, Khulna, Mongla, Satkhira, Jashore and Sylhet and it may continue. Day and night temperatures may rise slightly over the country. The Met office recorded the country’s highest rainfall of 20 mm in Sayedpur under Rangpur division in the last 24 hours as of 6 am yesterday (Wednesday).

The wind direction in Dhaka was expected to be south/southeasterly, blowing at 8-12 kmph. The sun will set at 6.47 pm today and rise at 5.10 am tomorrow in the capital.