Dhaka residents endured the warmest day in the capital in 58 years. The greatest temperature recorded till 3:00pm, according to the met office, was 40.4 degrees Celsius. The heat was much more intense because there was less humidity in the air. Dhaka’s temperature had hit 42 degrees Celsius in 1965.
Chuadanga has had the hottest temperature in the country during the last 14 days. Today, Saturday, the temperature was 42.2 degrees Celsius. In 2014, the temperature in Jashore reached 42.2 degrees Celsius. As a result, the country reached its hottest temperature in 9 years.
There is no hint of a cooling trend anyplace else in the country. In reality, it has been increasing. The temperature has risen above 40 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga, Jashore, Jhenaidah, and other southwest areas. There have been hot ‘Loo’ winds blowing there.
According to meteorologists, there is some water vapor in the wind blowing over the country’s northern region. This will produce perspiration and increase humidity.
Tariful Newaz, a meteorologist with the Meteorological Department, told Prothom Alo that the harsh weather could last for a few days.
Meanwhile, the worldwide weather forecasting firm AccuWeather reports that the greatest temperature achieved in Dhaka at 3:00pm was 41 degrees Celsius. It felt like 43 degrees Celsius, though. The humidity level was only 18%. People’s misery was aggravated by the high heat and dry air.
Meteorologist Abdur Rahman of the Meteorological Department told Prothom Alo that the severity of the heat is not decreasing despite the lack of clouds and lower humidity. The heat may become much more intense during the following 24 hours.
Mostofa Kamal, a researcher at Canada’s Saskatchewan University, keeps a close eye on the country’s weather forecasts. Temperatures in Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Kushtia, Meherpur, Shariatpur, Gopalganj, Madaripur, Noakhali, Feni, and Shariatpur may reach 41 to 42 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday, according to his observations.