Sweltering temperatures amid a heat wave, which has been sweeping across the country for the last couple of days, has thrown the normal life out of gear.
Amid the stifling temperatures, city dwellers opted to stay indoors during the daytime. They have also been suggested avoiding sunbeams and using proper protection like sunglasses, umbrella and cap while going out during the heat of the day.On Monday, country’s highest temperature 39.4 degrees Celsius was recorded in Jashore while the mercury hit 36.7 degrees Celsius in the capital, said Abdur Rahman, a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).
The current temperature may continue till Thursday or Friday and it may increase again after a break for a couple of days, he said.
A mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping through Dhaka, Khulna and Barishal divisions and the regions of Rajshahi, Pabna, Rangamati, Chandpur, Maizdicourt and Feni. The day and night temperature may rise slightly over the country, according to a BMD forecast.
Rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Sylhet division and at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions and the region of Cumilla, it said.
The searing heat of the subtropical climate, which started in April, has been affecting the vast swathes of the country, resulting in heat-related sickness and prompting people to get admitted to hospitals.
Physicians suggest that people drink plenty of fluids and remain cautious about taking food to prevent heat-related sickness.This year’s highest temperature 41.2 degrees Celsius was recorded in Jashore on April 25 which was also highest in seven years.
Dhaka experienced the hottest day in eight years with the temperature reaching 39.5 degrees Celsius on the day.
In 2014, Chuadanga recorded 42 degrees Celsius. In the same year, the maximum temperature in Dhaka also climbed to 40 degrees Celsius.
In the last two decades, the highest temperature in Bangladesh was 42.2 degrees Celsius in Jashore.