Bangladesh Faces Longest-ever Heatwave

Dhaka: The authorities in Bangladesh have issued another heatwave alert for three more days beginning today as the South Asian country is facing its longest heatwave in 75 years.

Bangladesh reported the season’s highest temperature at 42.7 degrees Celcius last Friday in the south-western district of Chuadanga.

Dhaka’s maximum temperature was 38.2 degrees that day, according to meteorological data.

The blistering heat has forced the government to shut schools for a week, with hospitals preparing to receive higher numbers of patients with heat-related ailments.

The heatwave reached a 29th day today, the longest since the government started keeping records in 1948, said the country’s meteorology office.

The previously record hot spell of 23 days was recorded in 2019, according to data tracked by Bangladesh’s meteorological department.

The hot spell is impacting more than 50 out of 64 administrative districts. Hot weather is likely to continue until the first week of May.

Thousands of worshippers in different parts of Muslim-majority Bangladesh prayed in the past week for rain in line with an Islamic tradition.

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