High winds followed by rains brought cheer to the people of Dhaka suffering under a sultry 36.7 degrees Celsius yesterday on Poila Ashar, the first day of the rainy season. In keeping with tradition, cultural groups heralded the first day of monsoon with songs and dances on Dhaka University campus. Notwithstanding the celebrations, the blistering heat and humidity had forced most residents to stay indoors during the day. However as if answer to the prayers of people suffering from long power outages during summer, rain storms lashed the city late in the afternoon, bringing down the mercury in the evening. More rains are likely today, met office sources said, adding that the heat may abate gradually with heavy showers. The met office recorded a 40-kmph gust blowing over Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6.52 pm. The highest temperature of 38.6 C yesterday was recorded in the north-western city of Rajshahi, which has been experiencing a mild to moderate heat wave since Saturday. The heat wave may continue there, the met office said. Ii would also continue in the regions of Dhaka, Tangail, Madaripur, Chandpur, Syedpur, Khulna, Jessore and Kushtia.
Fri 03 31 2017
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