Dhaka on Saturday recorded the highest temperature in the last nine years forcing the city dwellers to suffer intensely, especially those who need to go outdoors amid the searing heat.
The capital of Bangladesh recorded 40.4 degrees Celsius at 3pm, Hafizur Rahman, a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told The Business Post.
The rising trend of temperature in the city may continue for two more days, he said.
After experiencing almost two weeks of heatwaves during the dry month of Chaitra, Dhaka recorded its second-highest temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius on the Pahela Baishakh (the first day of Bangla New Year).
On April 24, 2014, the temperature in the capital had reached a five-decade high of 40.2 degrees Celsius, surpassing the previous record of 39.6 degrees Celsius on April 27, 2009, according to the Met office.
In April 1960, the mercury rose to 42.3 degrees Celsius in Dhaka.
“Rain is likely to occur in the country’s north-eastern region on April 19 or 20,” Hafizur added.
Bangladesh’s temperature higher than desert countries
Although Middle Eastern countries feel intense heat usually, the surprising thing is that the temperature of Bangladesh currently is higher than those of desert countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
According to weather.com, which publishes updated information about global weather conditions, the temperature in Dhaka was 40 degrees Celsius at 3:30pm on Saturday. However, desert countries were much “cooler” in comparison.
The temperature in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh was 25 degrees Celsius on Saturday while the temperature in the holy cities of Makkah and Madina was 34 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. And in Dubai, it was 27 degrees Celsius.
Bangladesh’s Chuadanga district has been most affected by the heatwave which is sweeping over the country.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature recorded in Chuadanga was 42.2 degrees Celsius, which was the highest of this season.