Terrible heatwave in Myanmar, breaking all temperature records

Last Updated on April 30, 2024 5:11 am

The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar has faced the hottest April in history. The country recorded a temperature of 48.2 degrees Celsius (118.76 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, the highest temperature in the country’s history.

On Monday (April 29), the Myanmar Meteorological Department reported the highest temperature record in the country.

According to a statement from the Meteorological Department, the mercury reached 48.2 degrees Celsius in Chauk town of Magwe region in Central Myanmar on Sunday. This is the highest temperature in Myanmar’s history since record keeping began 56 years ago.

On the same day, the temperature in Yangon, the commercial capital of the country, reached 40 degrees Celsius. Besides, another city of the country, Mandalay, recorded a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius.

Earlier in 1968, the people of the country faced such a situation. However, the mercury in temperature did not rise so much. The highest temperature recorded at that time was 47.4 °C (117.3 °F). This time it exceeded that.

Residents are discouraged from going out unless absolutely necessary because of the extreme temperatures. Even if someone comes out, he is advised to be careful. Besides, movement of motorcycles and scooters has been banned in Yangon.

A resident of Chowk city said, “We don’t come out of the house in extreme heat.” In this situation, we have nothing else to do to escape from the heat.

Global temperatures to reach record highs in 2023 The World Meteorological Organization says that the temperature in Asia is increasing. People’s life in this region is disturbed due to severe heat wave.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN’s global weather and climate security agency, global temperatures will reach record highs in 2023. Asia has been more affected by global warming than other continents. Due to this, the temperature of this continent is also increasing. Compared to 1991, the average temperature in Asia increased by 1.87 degrees Celsius in 2023. Even compared to 2020, the average temperature in Asia was 91.91 degrees Celsius higher last year.

According to WMO data, temperatures are rising from Siberia to Central Asia, from eastern China to Japan. 2023 was the hottest year in Japan’s history. At the same time, the temperature of the northwest part of the Pacific Ocean, i.e. the Asian part, was the highest.

At least 20 of the 22 glaciers in the Himalayan range of Asia and the Hindu Kush and Tibetan ranges of these mountains will have greatly reduced ice storage by 2023 due to rising average temperatures.

Along with rising temperatures, Asia also has to deal with water-related disasters. In 2023, at least 79 large-scale storms, floods and torrential rains occurred in Asia. More than 2 thousand people lost their lives and at least 9 million were directly affected.

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