The meteorological department said that the heat wave over different parts of the country may continue for a few more days. This information has been given in the weather forecast from 6 pm on Tuesday to 6 pm on Wednesday. According to the forecast, intense heat wave is sweeping over Rajshahi, Pabna, Chuadanga and Kushtia areas. Besides, mild to moderate heat waves are blowing over Bogra, Naogaon, Sirajganj, Khulna, Mongla, Satkhira, Jessore and Rangamati areas, Dhaka and Barisal divisions. This heat wave may continue for a few more days.
The forecast also said nighttime temperatures could rise. Daytime temperatures will remain unchanged. Besides, there is a possibility of rain or thunderstorm in the next two days. Temperatures may rise again at the end of the week.
According to the Meteorological Department, the highest temperature recorded in Dhaka on Tuesday was 36.9 degrees Celsius. Besides, 40 degrees in Ishwardi, Chuadanga and Kumarkhali; 39.6 degrees in Jessore; 38 degrees in Bogra, Tangail, Tarash and Faridpur; The temperature was 37 to 38 degrees Celsius in several areas including Madaripur, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mongla, Satkhira and Bhola.
When the temperature is between 36 degrees Celsius to 36 degrees Celsius, meteorologists call it light heat wave. When it reaches 40 degrees Celsius from 36 degrees Celsius, it is called moderate heat flow. When the temperature drops below 40 degrees Celsius, it is called intense heat flow.
The work of installing automatic agro-meteorological equipment in 200 upazilas of the country will be completed in June. This work has already started under the Bangladesh Regional Meteorological and Climate Services Project. The project, titled ‘Meteorological Information Services and Strengthening of Early Warning System (Component A) Project’, has a total expenditure of Tk 520.15 crore.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Defense held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Wednesday urged to complete the implementation work in time after discussing the project. The meeting was chaired by the chairman of the parliamentary committee Mohammad Subid Ali Bhuiyan, committee members Mohammad Farooq Khan, Ilias Uddin Mollah, Md. Motahar Hossain, Md. Nasir Uddin and Nahid Izahar Khan and concerned officials were present.
According to the working paper of the meeting, the project to strengthen the weather information service and early warning system is being implemented with the loan assistance of Taka 482.93 crore from the World Bank and Taka 57.22 crore from the government. Work on the project started in July 2016. It is expected to end in June this year. Apart from installing automatic agro-meteorological instruments in 200 upazilas through this project, 75 automatic rain gauges will be installed in WASA offices of four divisional cities and automatic rain gauges will be installed in 35 traditional observatories.
According to committee sources, the meeting also recommended the deployment of an Air Force officer on deputation to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The meteorological department has suggested buying equipment that will be used by the people. It has also been asked to ensure safe take-off and landing by installing meteorological equipment at Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet airports.