Very hot weather conditions in country likely to subside from Jun 19

PMD forecasts rain spells all over Pakistan from Tuesday as extreme heat swelters parts of country

An old man covering himself with an umbrella during rain in Peshawar on March 24, 2023. — APP

Days-long spells of rain are expected to provide a breather to the country as Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday predicted isolated showers all over Pakistan from coming Tuesday (June 18). 

The Met Office, in its latest weather advisory, stated that moist currents from the Arabian Sea are likely to penetrate the upper and central parts of the country.

"A Shallow westerly wave is also likely to approach western parts of the country on June 18," the advisory read.

Under the influence of the said system, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are expected to receive rain accompanied by thunderstorms this evening and tomorrow morning (June 15). 

However, hot and dry weather is likely to persist in these areas for two days after Saturday.

Another wet spell with a thunderstorm with occasional gaps is expected in parts of GB including Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar, Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur of the Kashmir region from June 18 till June 22.

Meanwhile, a few heavy falls are also likely in Kashmir during the said period.

Similarly, thunderstorm and rain are expected in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) including Dir, Swat, Malakand, Bajaur, Kohistan, Chitral, Shangla, Battagram, Buner, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Hangu, Kurram and Waziristan this evening and tomorrow morning. 

"Very hot and dry weather is likely in southern parts of the province from June 16 to June 18.

However, the intensity of weather is expected to subside in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Malakand, Kohat, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Peshawar, Mardan, Kurram, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Waziristan, after intermittent showers expected from the night of June 18 till June 22.

Similar weather conditions have been forecast for areas of Punjab, including Islamabad, Murree, Galliyat, Rawalpindi, Bhakkar, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Okara, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, Lahore, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Wazirabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala and others.

However, the intensity of heat is expected to prevail in most parts of Balochistan and Sindh, until June 20. 

As per the PMD, rain accompanied by dust and thunderstorms is expected in Quetta, Zhob, Kohlu, Musakhel, Loralai, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Dera Bugti and Barkhan from June 20 to 22.

Meanwhile, in Sindh, an isolated rain-thunderstorm is expected in Sukkur, Jacobabad, Kashmore and Larkana on June 21 and 22.

The Met Office warned of lightening and vulnerability of electric poles and loose structures, solar panels and vehicles during gusty winds.

It has advised all concerned authorities to remain “alert” and take necessary measures to avoid any untoward situation during the said period.