At least four die as Karachi sizzles under record temperatures

Mercury in the city soars to 42°C, while "feels like" temperature recorded at 51°C

By  Syed Daniyal Hussain   |  
June 24, 2024
A volunteer showers a woman with water during a heatwave in Karachi. — AFP/File


KARACHI: At least four people died of intense heat in Karachi on Monday as the metropolis reeling under the sizzling temperatures.

The mercury in the city soared to 42°C, while the intensity of the "feels like" temperature reached 51°C at around 2pm today.

In a statement, Karachi police chief surgeon Summaiya Syed said four people lost their lives to extreme heat and humidity.

Two bodies were brought to Civil Hospital while as many were shifted to Jinnah Hospital, she added.

According to Jinnah Hospital administration, 10 people affected from heat stroke were brought to the health facility in the last four days.

Pakistan Meteorological Department's (PMD) Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfraz has said the port city will remain in the grip of partial heatwave during the next three days.

"Karachi will remain under the grip of extremely hot and humid weather for the next three days. During this time, sea breeze will remain blocked during the day, which will increase the intensity of heat," Sarfaraz told Geo News.

Owing to the rising temperature in Karachi, the Met Office official has instructed citizens to protect themselves from the heat for the next two to three days, insisting on increasing the consumption of water and juices to ensure hydration.

He added that the weather will remain hot and humid during this period, while the maximum temperature on Tuesday is likely to hover between 38°C and 40°C.

During the day, Balochistan's hot winds will continue to blow from the northwest, while sea breeze may resume in the evening. Temperatures, however, are expected to slightly drop from Wednesday with mercury likely to drop down to 39°C or 37°C.

The PMD has also forecast more than normal rains in southern parts of Sindh, including Karachi this year.

Monsoon rains may begin in the eastern parts of Sindh from July 2 or 3, while Karachi may also receive monsoon rains in the first week of July, he added.

Meanwhile, the weather in most parts of Sindh is likely to remain extremely hot for the next three days.

In Ghotki, Jacobabad, Dadu, Larkana, Shikarpur, the temperature may reach 46°C to 48°C, Hyderabad, Umarkot, Tharparkar and Badin are likely to experience temperatures ranging from 44°C to 46°C.