Dhaka logs record temp as heatwave grips Bangladesh

Emran Hossain | Published: 11:39, Apr 26,2021 | Updated: 03:50, Apr 27,2021


Dhaka continued to log one of its highest maximum temperatures on record for the 2nd consecutive day on Monday as Bangladesh sizzled in a heatwave.

The daily maximum temperature in Dhaka was recorded at 39.4°C on Monday, the highest since 2014 when the daily maximum temperature in the capital reached 40.2°C on April 24.

Dhaka saw the daily maximum temperature cross the 40°C mark only once in 1960 when the temperature reached 42.3°C on April 30. 

On Sunday, Dhaka’s daily maximum temperature was 39.5°C, the third highest record of the daily maximum temperature after 1948, since when temperature record has been available with the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

‘Low humidity somewhat reduced the feeling of discomfort,’ said meteorologist Muhammad Abul Kalam Mallik.

On Monday the country’s maximum daily temperature however was recorded at Jashore at 39.8°C after the temperature slightly fell there compared to the day before.

On Sunday, Jashore recorded the country’s highest temperature of 41.2°C, the highest daily maximum temperature recorded in the country since 2016.

The meteorological department in its daily weather report released on Monday afternoon said that mild to moderate heatwave swept Bangladesh’s all eight divisions with little chance of any significant improvement on the situation before Thursday.

‘Hot air is flowing over Bangladesh from all around with the temperature in places originating the air ranged from 36°C to 42°C,’ said Mallik.

Meteorologists said that the coastal belt people are worst affected by the high temperature where the felt air temperature is about 4°C higher than the actual temperature.

The temperature in the coastal belt ranged between 37°C and 39.8°C on Monday.

April is historically the warmest month though the highest ever daily maximum temperature of 45.1°C was recorded in May in 1972.

The flow of air from the Bay of Bengal is very weak and on Monday the humidity level was 27 per cent.

It is feared that the high temperature would increase farmers’ production cost just before harvest for they are advised to keep their rice fields flooded to prevent loss from heat shocks.

Bangladesh has seen exceptionally low rain between December and March and the current month so far received less rainfall than usual.

Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in a special outlook on Sunday predicted light to moderate rain in India’ Assam and Meghalaya through Friday but saw no possibility of flash flood in the north-eastern region.

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