Expect some reprieve from the high heat and humidity, as the weatherman has predicted showers in Bangladesh in the next 24 hours. “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Khulna division with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country,” the Met department said in its weather bulletin on Friday. Also read: Rains likely to quell heat in Bangladesh The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said a mild heatwave that is sweeping through the districts of Jashore and Satkhira may abate during the same time. Day temperature may fall slightly and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country, according to the bulletin. Also read: Met office forecasts rain across Bangladesh The maximum temperature was recorded at 36 degree Celsius in both Satkhira and Jashore in the last 24 hours till 6am Friday. Meanwhile, the maximum rainfall was recorded at 67 mm in Syedpur.
As high temperatures continue to bake large parts of Bangladesh, the weather department has predicted showers across the country in the next 24 hours. "Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions with moderately heavy falls at places over northern part of the country", the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said in its forecast on Tuesday. Also read: Met office forecasts rain across Bangladesh The Met office recorded the highest 59mm of rainfall in Mymensingh district in 24 hours till 6am on Tuesday. The mercury reached 36.5 degrees Celsius – the highest – in Rajshahi, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees in Rangpur and Chattogram divisions. Meanwhile, the axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal to Assam across central parts of Bangladesh. Also read: Rains to drench Bangladesh in 24 hours Monsoon is less active over Bangladesh and weak to moderate elsewhere over the North Bay, as per the bulletin.
What's considered officially “dangerous heat” in coming decades will likely hit much of the world at least three times more often as climate change worsens, according to a new study. In much of Earth's wealthy mid-latitudes, spiking temperatures and humidity that feel like 103 degrees (39.4 degrees Celsius) or higher -- now an occasional summer shock — statistically should happen 20 to 50 times a year by mid-century, said a study Monday in the journal Communications Earth & Environment. By 2100, that brutal heat index may linger for most of the summer for places like the U.S. Southeast, the study's author said. Also read: At least 14 potential heat deaths in Oregon after hot spell And it’s far worse for the sticky tropics. The study said a heat index considered “extremely dangerous” where the feels-like heat index exceeds 124 degrees (51 degrees Celsius) — now something that rarely happens — will likely strike a tropical belt that includes India one to four weeks a year by century's end. “So that’s kind of the scary thing about this,” said study author Lucas Zeppetello, a Harvard climate scientist. “That’s something where potentially billions of people are going to be exposed to extremely dangerous levels of heat very regularly. So something that's gone from virtually never happening before will go to something that is happening every year.” Zeppetello and colleagues used more than 1,000 computer simulations to look at the probabilities of two different levels of high heat -- heat indexes of 103 degrees (39.4 Celsius) and above 124 degrees (51 Celsius), which are dangerous and extremely dangerous thresholds according to the U.S. National Weather Service. They calculated for the years 2050 and 2100 and compared that to how often that heat happened each year across the world from 1979 to 1998. The study found a three- to ten-fold increase in 103-degree heat in the mid-latitudes even in the unlikely best-case scenario of global warming limited to only 3.6 degrees (2 degrees Celsius) since pre-industrial times -- the less stringent of two international goals. There's only a 5% chance for warming to be that low and that infrequent, the study found. What's more likely, according to the study, is that the 103-degree heat will steam the tropics “during most days of each typical year” by 2100. Also read: Europe broils in heat wave that fuels fires in France, Spain Chicago hit that 103 degree heat index level only four times from 1979 to 1998. But the study’s most likely scenario shows Chicago hitting that hot-and-sticky threshold 11 times a year by the end of the century. Heat waves are one of the new four horsemen of apocalyptic climate change, along with sea level rise, water scarcity and changes in the overall ecosystem, said Zeppetello, who did much of the research at University of Washington state during the warming-charged 2021 heat wave that shattered records and killed thousands. “Sadly, the horrific predictions shown in this study are credible,” climate scientist Jennifer Francis of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, who was not part of the study team, said in an email. “The past two summers have provided a window into our steamy future, with lethal heat waves in Europe, China, northwestern North America, India, the south-central U.S., the U.K., central Siberia, and even New England. Already hot places will become uninhabitable as heat indices exceed dangerous thresholds, affecting humans and ecosystems alike. Areas where extreme heat is now rare will also suffer increasingly, as infrastructure and living things are ill-adapted to the crushing heat.” The study focuses on the heat index and that’s smart because it’s not just heat but the combination with humidity that hurts health, said Harvard School of Public Health professor Dr. Renee Salas, who is an emergency room physician. “As the heat index rises, it becomes harder and harder to cool our bodies,” Salas, who wasn’t part of the research team, said in an email. “Heat stroke is a potentially deadly form of heat illness that occurs when body temperatures rise to dangerous levels.” The study is based on mathematical probabilities instead of other climate research that looks at what happens at various carbon pollution levels. Because of that, University of Pennsylvania climate scientist Michael Mann is more skeptical of this research. It also doesn’t take into account landmark U.S. climate legislation that President Joe Biden signed earlier this month or new efforts by Australia, he said. “The obstacles at this point are political and no statistical methods, regardless of how powerful or sophisticated can predict whether we will garner the political will to overcome them,” Mann said in an email. “But there is reason for cautious optimism.”
German businesses and public institutions should heat their offices no higher than 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) this winter to help reduce the country's consumption of natural gas, Germany’s economy minister said Saturday. Germany, the European Union's biggest economy, is quickly trying to wean itself off using natural gas from Russia in response to Moscow's attack on Ukraine. However Germany uses more Russian gas imports than many other EU nations. Russia has already cut off gas exports to several EU nations, and officials fear Moscow will use the gas exports as a political weapon to get sanctions against Russia reduced — or even cut the exports to Europe off altogether in the winter, when demand is the highest. Read:Wildfire in southwestern France: 8,000 people evacuated Economy Minister Robert Habeck said while the EU's 27 countries have pledged to cut their gas use by 15% from August compared to the previous five-year average, Germany needs to reduce its consumption by 20%. Habeck is also proposing banning the heating of non-commercial private pools; switching off heating in common areas of public buildings, such as foyers; and switching off the lights on public billboards between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Oregon authorities are investigating four additional deaths potentially linked to last week’s scorching heat wave, bringing the total number of suspected hyperthermia deaths to 14. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday the designation of heat-related death is preliminary and requires further investigation. Multnomah County, which is home to Portland, recorded seven deaths suspected to be related to heat, the highest of any Oregon county. Also read: Dangerous Pacific Northwest heat wave suspected in 6th death Portland and Seattle set records Sunday for most consecutive days of high temperatures. In Portland, temperatures on Sunday rose above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius) for the seventh day in a row, a record for the city for consecutive days above that mark. Further north in Seattle, the temperature rose to 91 F (32.8 C) by early afternoon, marking a record six days above 90 F (32.2 C). Temperatures neared the triple digits nearly all of last week in the Portland area, prompting officials to open emergency overnight shelters and cooling stations. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for both the Portland and Seattle regions lasting through late Sunday evening. Temperatures started to cool off on Monday as colder air from the Pacific blows in. Also read: Northwestern US heat wave could have hottest day on Tuesday Climate change is fueling longer heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, a region where weeklong heat spells were historically rare, according to climate experts. Residents and officials in the Northwest have been trying to adjust to the likely reality of longer, hotter heat waves following last summer’s deadly “heat dome” weather phenomenon that prompted record temperatures and deaths. About 800 people died in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia during that heat wave, which hit in late June and early July of 2021. The temperature hit an all-time high of 116 F (46.7 C) in Portland.
A mild heat wave is sweeping over Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet divisions and Tangail, Jashore and Chuadanga districts and it may continue, Met office said. “However, light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Rangpur and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Dhaka, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions with moderately heavy falls at isolated places over the country, “it said. Day and night temperatures may remain nearly unchanged over the country. Also read: Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave The low pressure area over Northwest Bay and adjoining Odisha-West Bengal coast persists. Monsoon trough runs through Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, the centre of the low and thence Northeastwards to Assam across southern part of Bangladesh. Also read: Heat wave, flooding leave multiple people dead in China Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh & moderate elsewhere over North Bay. The highest temperature was recorded 38.0 in Syedpur while lowest temperature was recorded 25.1 in Sylhet.
As high temperatures continue to bake large swaths of Bangladesh, the weather department has predicted showers across the country in the next 24 hours. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Rangpur, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi and Dhaka divisions, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said Saturday. A mild heatwave is sweeping through Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Sylhet divisions and Tangail, Jashore and Chuadanga districts. The spell may continue. Read: Rain likely to usher in pleasant weather It was a warm and humid day across the country today with the maximum temperature settling at 38 degrees Celsius in Rangpur's Sayedpur. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius in Chattogram's Rangamati.
Eighty-four people are known to have died from the heat wave that has struck Spain since July 10, the Carlos III Health Institute, which reports to the Spanish Ministry of Health, said on Friday. All the deaths, which were reported on July 10-12, could be attributed to the scorching heat exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in large parts of the country. Temperatures even rose above 45 degrees Centigrade in the south and southwest of the country. Also read: Heat wave, flooding leave multiple people dead in China The heat wave is predicted to continue into next week, and the death toll is feared to rise. This is the second major heat wave of the year in Spain. The first one lasted from June 11 until June 20 and claimed the lives of 829 people nationwide, the Ministry of Health said. Back then, temperatures peaked at 44.5 degrees Celsius. The authorities recommend that people drink plenty of water, refrain from excessive exercise and stay indoors as much as possible. Also read: Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave
Expect some reprieve from the searing heat, as the weather department has predicted showers across Bangladesh in the next 24 hours. “Showers are likely in the next 24 hours at many places over Chattogram division; at a few places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barishal and Sylhet divisions; and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions,” the Met department said in its bulletin on Friday morning. Moderately heavy showers are likely to occur at isolated places over the country. Also read: Mild heat wave sweeping over parts of country Meanwhile, mild to moderate heatwave conditions prevailing in Rangpur, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and in the districts of Dhaka,Tangail, Rangamati, Cumilla, Chandpur, Feni and Chuadanga may continue, as per the bulletin. “But at the end of the next 72 hours, rainfall activity is likely to increase over the country," said Md Monwar Hossain, a meteorologist with the department. Also read: Sylhet sizzles: Thursday hottest July day in 66 years! The highest temperature in the country was recorded at Rajshahi at 39 degrees Celsius in the last 24 hours till 6am on Friday.
Sylhet on Thursday witnessed its hottest day in July in 66 years, at 38.9 degrees Celsius. After receiving highest rainfall in June in 64 years that triggered massive floods across the district, Sylhet is now reeling under an intense heat wave. “Such a high temperature was last recorded in the district in July 1956. On Wednesday, the temperature was recorded at 37.3 degrees. And it was recorded at 36.3 degrees on Tuesday,” said Sayeed Ahmad Chowdhury, a senior meteorologist with the Sylhet met office. On Thursday, the roads of Sylhet city wore a deserted look. A handful of people who had stepped out in the afternoon were equipped with umbrellas and water bottles. Meanwhile, the met office said the ongoing heatwave may continue for one or two days more and showers may occur after 72 hours. Also read: Mild heatwave sweeps 27 districts Meteorologist Tariful Newaz Kabir said, “Little showers may occur at a few places but it won’t be enough to reduce the heat. Rainfall activity may increase after July 17 or 18.” “Excess humidity is compounding the woes of the residents. This humidity is due to the seasonal trough,” he added. Also read: Heat wave, flooding leave multiple people dead in China