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Heat wave turns very severe in some parts of Bangladesh

Respite from the prevailing heat wave condition across Bangladesh is unlikely and it has turned very severe in Rajshahi, Chuadanga and Pabna districts, said a regular bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Saturday.
 
The BMD predicted that the ongoing very severe to severe, and mild to moderate heat wave that is sweeping over different parts of Bangladesh is likely to continue. 
 
At least 12 people have died of suspected heat stroke in the last couple of days in different parts of Bangladesh.
 
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh government has announced the reopening of primary school and its academic activities starting Sunday, April 28 and  guidelines with outlined operational adjustments to accommodate the sweltering conditions, issued on friday. 
 
Amid severe heatwave, hospitals across Khulna division of Bangladesh are struggling to accommodate an influx of heat stroke affected patients. Key healthcare facilities, including Khulna Medical College Hospital, have reached full capacity, forcing patients to occupy floors, corridors, and even stairways due to a lack of available beds.
 
In the latest heat wave alert Meteorologist M Shaheenul Islam said that due to increased moisture incursion, the discomfort may increase. The BMD meteorologist further said in the next 2-3 days, the temperature in some areas may drop up to 1 degree. As of now, the current temperature trend may continue for the next 2-3 days.
 
This announcement follows earlier alerts issued on April 19 and April 22, as the BMD continues to monitor and respond to the challenging weather patterns affecting the region.
 
Bangladesh’s highest temperature was recorded at 42.7 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga in West Bangladesh, near the Indian border on Friday while the season’s highest temperature in the capital Dhaka was recorded at 40.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday, said the meteorologist. 
 
Meanwhile, rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with hail at isolated places.
 
 
Navalsang Parmar (Dhaka)
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