Will heatwave hit Karachi this week?

Sardar Sarfaraz says weather will remain hot for the next 10 days but no chance of heatwave

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 A man cools off at a punctured water supply line on a road as a heatwave continues in Karachi. — INP/File

After the matriculation exams were postponed in Karachi in view of heatwave alert, Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz said Monday that there is no chance of any heatwave in the metropolis for the upcoming week.

"Sea breeze is blowing in the city, no need to worry about heatwave," he told a local TV channel.

He said the weather will remain hot for the next 10 days with temperatures expected between 36℃ to 38℃.

The chief meteorologist said the intensity of the hot weather will prevail from low to high level of humidity.

Earlier today, the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) postponed the ninth and matric exams scheduled to be held from May 21-27 amid heatwave alert issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The NDMA has predicted that Pakistan may experience three heatwaves in various cities during the next 25 days.

As per the advisory, the risk of the first heatwave is expected in Umarkot, Tharparkar, Tando Allahyar, Matiari and Sanghar in Sindh, while south Punjab’s Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan cities will also be affected.

The NDMA said the first spell of heatwave may last for two to three days between May 15 and 30, as the mercury in those cities might touch 40°C and the heat could be felt even more.

According to the NDMA, the second heatwave is expected to last for four to five days in late May or early June wherein the temperature might rise up to 45°C.

The third heatwave is expected during the first 10 days of June, this heatwave will affect Tharparkar, Umarkot, Sanghar, Badin and Khairpur, it added.