Staff Correspondent: People in different parts of the country are experiencing a sweltering heatwave with the mercury soaring to 37.4 degrees Celsius in Dhaka yesterday.
A mild-to-moderate heat spell swept across five of the eight divisions of Bangladesh on Sunday as the day temperature reached 39C in the southwestern district of Chuadanga. That was the country’s highest temperature.
Weather forecasters warn that the temperature will keep climbing for there is no chance of rain anytime soon.
April is the hottest month, and high humidity made the day’s temperature unbearable, especially for Muslims fasting for 14 hours between morning and afternoon. The fasting Muslims in Dhaka, especially those who needed to go outdoors, suffered intensely as they got baked under the scorching sun for hours being stuck in a nagging traffic jam. A moderate heat wave occurs when the day temperature stays at between 38C and 40C.
The range of temperature between 36C and 38C is defined as a mild heat wave. The April days could often get as hot as 40C, a temperature likely to be recorded more than once in the coming days.
According to a Met office bulletin, mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal divisions and Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogura, Moulvibazar, Chattogram, Rangamati, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts.
Day and night temperatures may rise slightly over the country, it said.
Day laborers, rickshaw pullers, farmers, and others who generally work outdoors are finding it challenging to continue working under the intense heat of the sun.
Animals and birds are also restless and struggling in the scorching heat.
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