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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2372

Bangladesh records highest temperature 42.2 degree Celsius in last 14 years

M.A Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 26 April (Asiantribune.com): Bangladesh met office in the last 14 years recorded the highest temperatures a blistering 42.2 degrees Celsius in its Jessore district and 38.7 Celsius in the Dhaka city.

An unrelenting heat wave has been sweeping the country for over a week, and was forecast to continue for at least another few days, a met official said.

The mercury may rise another degree above Sunday's 14-year highs, said the met official.

The highest temperature in 1995 was recorded as 43 degrees in Rajshahi, and 39 degrees in the capital.

Met office sources said the mounting temperature was an impact of global warming. "Bangladesh has been witnessing climate change," he said.

Records of the Department of Environment's Climate Change Cell from 1985-1998, show average May temperatures to have 'risen' by one degree Celcius, and average November (winter) temperatures by 0.5 degrees.

However, data over such a relatively short time is inconclusive. Climate change trends are studied over much longer periods.

On a larger timescale, temperatures have risen 0.5 percent countrywide and 0.7 percent in the capital over the last 50 years, said the met official.

"Unplanned high-rise buildings, high traffic emissions, overuse of air conditioners and lack of greenery are causing the capital's temperatures to be all the more scorching, the official said.

Although the met office recorded highest average temperature at 38.7 degrees in Dhaka, met officials said some of its more densely populated and busy areas including Mohakhali, Gulistan, Farmgate, Motijheel and Tejgaon clocked more than 40 degrees Celsius.

Dhaka's highest ever temperature was recorded at 42.3 degrees Celsius in 1960, while the country's highest was recorded 45.1 degrees in Rajshahi on May 30 in 1972.

Low pressure gradient over Bangladesh and adjacent areas and absence of seasonal winds are causing the unbearable heat wave, said the met official.

Among the highest temperatures recorded in five other divisional cities on Sunday were: Chittagong 34.3, Sylhet 35.5, Rajshahi 40.4, Khulna 40.5 and Barisal 37 degrees Celsius.

At least one person was reported to have died from heat-related causes in Jessore yesterday.

Movement of pedestrians and commuters in the Dhaka city streets at noon were thin since last few days.

-Asian Tribune-

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