A heat haze at Bijoy Sarani-Rokeya Sarani intersection in the capital. The heat wave made life difficult over the past two weeks. A drizzle yesterday evening brought some relief for the city dwellers. Photo: Amran Hossain
After two weeks of a heat wave, a light drizzle brought some relief to more than one crore residents of the capital yesterday.
A fresh nippy wind rose in the evening, carrying with it a whiff of wet earth. And the noise of thunder rolled across the city.
The Met office said it had recorded 1 millimetre rainfall in the capital.
The temperature also fell in the city yesterday, much to the comfort of residents who on Thursday experienced the hottest day in the last 54 years with the mercury shooting up to 40.7 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in the city was 38 degrees Celsius yesterday while it was 39 degrees Celsius on Friday, Met office says.
A moderate to mild heat wave has been sweeping over the city for last 11 to 12 days, reaching its peak on April 24, said a Met official.
Though short-lived nor'westers usually give people respite from the sweltering heat in April, there has been hardly any storm this season.
Dhaka had just around 61 millimetres of rain in the last 25 days against an average rainfall of 147mm in April. And the sultry weather took a toll on power supply, giving city dwellers a hard time.
However, the Met office has good news for them.
“There is also a possibility of rain tomorrow [Sunday] and the day after tomorrow [Monday] in the capital, and the temperature may go down in the coming days,” Mahmudul Kabir, a meteorological assistant, told The Daily Star last night.
But the severe heat wave may continue in Tangail, Rajshahi, Ishwardi, Khulna, Mongla, Jessore and Kushtia for the next few days, according to the Met office.
Rangpur, Barisal, Khulna and Rajshahi divisions and some areas in Rangamati, Comilla, Chandpur and Feni may also experience a moderate to mild heat wave, it said.