Nor’wester lashes Dhaka

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Dhaka, May 27: A nor’wester accompanied by rain and gusty wind swept the capital early Wednesday.“The nor’wester was blowing with wind speed of 78kph in Dhaka. It was 83kph in the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area,” said Md Aftab Uddin, a meteorologist of Dhaka Met Office.

The Met Office recorded 63mm rain the last 24 hours, he said adding that the sky in Dhaka will remain cloudy during the day.

The day temperature may fall by 1-2°c over the area, he added.

Met Office forecast for Dhaka and neighbouring areas valid for 06 hours commencing 7am, rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur over the area.

Dhaka’s temperature was 32.7°c on Tuesday which will go down to 22.0°c on Wednesday, the Met Office said.

Met Office in its 24hours forecast commencing from 6pm on Tuesday, said steep pressure gradient persists over North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh. Trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions.

While it may occur at a few places over Dhaka and Chattogram divisions and at one or two places over Khulna and Barishal divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions.

On Wednesday last, cyclone ‘Amphan’ battered coastal districts of Bangladesh, with wind speed of up to 180kph and over 10 feet tidal surges.

It inflicted heavy damage to lives, livelihood, agriculture, infrastructures, environment, as well as the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans, in southwestern region of the country.