Heat wave engulfs Bangladesh with record temperature since 1989

Bangladesh has set its extreme temperature record this year as a heat wave sweeps large parts of the South Asian country.

Mercury rose to 43.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in the country’s southwestern district of Jessore, a record since 1989, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

People use roadside tap water to cool down, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 26, 2024. /CFP

People use roadside tap water to cool down, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 26, 2024. /CFP

The temperature for Dhaka rose to 40.5 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. According to BMD data, the maximum temperature in Dhaka has been around 40 degrees Celsius in the last couple of days.

Dhaka recorded a high temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius on April 16 last year, the highest in the Bangladeshi capital in 58 years.

At least 10 people including eight men and two women died in a week in Bangladesh due to the scorching heat, the government confirmed Tuesday, highlighting the impact of successive extreme heat weather conditions.

Muslims perform a special prayer for rain on the streets amid a countrywide heatwave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 30, 2024. /CFP

Muslims perform a special prayer for rain on the streets amid a countrywide heatwave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 30, 2024. /CFP

Bangladesh is currently grappling with one of the most severe heat waves in recent years. Primary and secondary schools have been ordered to close until Thursday.

(Cover: Man uses roadside tap water to cool down, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 26, 2024. /CFP)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency