Heatwave: Sindh records highest temperature of this sizzling summer

Ongoing heatwave will subside but another spell is expected to hit province including Karachi, says weatherman

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Heatwave: Sindh records highest temperature of this sizzling summer
A man drinks water during a hot summer day. — AFP/File 

MOHENJO DARO: Sindh on Monday recorded over 52°C (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature, making it the highest reading of the sizzling summer and close to the country’s record high amid the ongoing heatwave, said the Met Office.

Extreme temperatures throughout Asia over the past month were made worse most likely as a result of human-driven climate change, a team of international scientists have said.

In Mohenjo Daro, temperatures rose as high as 52.2°C (126 °F) over the last 24 hours, a senior official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Shahid Abbas told Reuters.

The reading is the highest of the summer so far, and approached the town's and country's record highs of 53.5 °C (128.3 °F) and 54 °C (129.2 °F) respectively.

Mohenjo Daro is a small town that experiences extremely hot summers and mild winters, and low rainfall, but its limited markets, including bakeries, tea shops, mechanics, electronic repair shops, and fruit and vegetable sellers, are usually bustling with customers.

But with the current heatwave, shops are seeing almost no footfall.

"The customers are not coming to the restaurant because of extreme heat. I sit idle at the restaurant with these tables and chairs and without any customers," Wajid Ali, 32, who owns a tea stall in the town.

"I take baths several times a day which gives me a little relief. Also there is no power. The heat has made us very uneasy."

Close to Ali's shop is an electronic repairs shop run by Abdul Khaliq, 30, who was sat working with the shop's shutter half down to shield him from the sun. Khaliq also complained about the heat affecting business.

Local doctor Mushtaq Ahmed added that the locals have adjusted to living in the extreme weather conditions and prefer staying indoors or near water.

The highest temperature recorded in the country was in 2017 when temperatures rose to 54°C (129.2 °F) in the city of Turbat, located in the Southwestern province of Balochistan. This was the second hottest in Asia and fourth highest in the world, said PMD Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz.

The heatwave will subside in Mohenjo Daro and surrounding areas, but another spell is expected to hit other areas in the province, including Karachi.