A fairly active monsoon after a gap of few days triggered overnight showers across the country with some heavy falls at places this morning, Met Office sources said, reports BSS.
Chittagong recorded 99 mm rain in three hours between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and Dhaka logged 48 mm during the same time. Earlier, Khepupara had a total of 77 mm overnight rain until 6 a.m.
The reason behind this sudden burst of monsoon rains was due to conjugation of a westerly system entering the country over the northwest with a south-easterly system, carrying moistures from the Bay of Bengal, meteorologists said.
Though the rains had been fairly widespread across the country, the southwestern region except Chuadanga, with 22 mm, and Jessore, just a few drops, remained dry, a situation continuing there since the rains in Khulna and Mongla regions earlier last week due to the influence of a depression turning into a land depression over the Indian state of Orissa.
Elsewhere, Maijdee in the southeast recorded 48 mm followed by Sandwip, 33 mm. Sylhet to the northeast had 34 mm, while Tangail and Rajshahi in the northwest recorded 29 mm and 26 mm of rains respectively till 6 am Saturday, the Met Office records said.
Meteorologists said that the wet weather may prevail for a couple of days. The forecast for the next 24 hours beginning at 9am Saturday said that light to moderate rains accompanied by thundershowers with temporary gusty winds are likely at many places over Rajshahi, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions and at few places over Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions.
Moderate to moderately heavy showers are also likely at many places. The day temperature may remain unchanged, the forecast added.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna continued to fall further at all points except at Noonkhawa and Aricha. The Ganges-Padma observed rise at upstream points. The rivers in the Meghna and the South Eastern Hill basins registered rise and fall. Out of 86 monitoring points, (on the basis of data availability) 28 points observed rise, 39 points recorded fall and four points remained steady.