Met Office warns of another hot week ahead

As a heatwave tightened its grip on parts of Sindh and Punjab, Mohenjo Daro and Larkana emerged as the hottest spots in Pakistan, with temperatures soaring to approximately 53 degrees Celsius, reminiscent of the seat of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation.

Jacobabad reached 52 degrees, as reported by the Met Office, which anticipates the prevailing weather conditions to persist for another five to six days.

During the weekend, Thatta was the sole region in Sindh to register a temperature below 40 degrees.

On Sunday, the Met Office forecasted continued heatwave conditions in the plains over the next 24 hours, while hot and humid weather is anticipated for coastal areas.

Meanwhile, Karachi braces for a scorching week ahead, with temperatures expected to exceed the 40-degree mark.

“The mercury is projected to rise to 40°C or higher in Karachi due to a change in wind direction on May 29 and May 30,” stated chief meteorologist Dr. Sardar Sarfaraz, adding that temperatures would slightly decrease in the upper and central parts of Sindh after May 27.

In South Punjab, Khanpur, located in Rahim Yar Khan district, recorded a maximum temperature of 50.2°C.

Several other cities in the province experienced temperatures well above 40°C, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

Bahawalpur recorded 48°C, Sargodha saw 46°C, while Lahore witnessed the mercury climb to 43°C on Sunday, with similar weather anticipated throughout the week.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, dry and hot weather is expected in most districts.

Dera Ismail Khan observed the highest temperature at 44°C on Sunday, with Bannu also experiencing scorching temperatures at 43°C.

“Severe heat is anticipated in the southern districts of the province,” stated a Met Office official to the Associated Press of Pakistan.

“The daytime temperature is expected to be 2 to 5 degrees Celsius above normal in southern districts,” the official remarked.

There is also a possibility of thundershowers in Upper Dir, Swat, Mansehra, and Kohistan.

Highlighting the importance of minimizing unnecessary heat exposure, Ministry of Climate Change spokesperson Muhammad Saleem Shaikh urged caution, particularly for children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Shaikh stressed that while heatwaves can affect anyone, pregnant women may be at higher risk. He advised avoiding outdoor activities between 11 am and 3 pm, the hottest part of the day. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) affirmed its efforts to mitigate the effects of the heatwave.

A PDMA spokesperson assured the continuous provision of water in Cholistan 24 hours a day due to the prevailing heatwave conditions.

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