Weather Update: Rain is forecast with a heat wave likely to subside starting today

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has released a weather update stating that heatwave-like conditions are expected to ease in the country from today with “rain-dust-thunderstorms” expected in the upper regions of the country.

Weather Update: Rain is forecast with a heat wave likely to subside starting today

According to the press release, the Met Office advised that a westerly wave is likely to enter the high parts of the country from today (19and May) and will likely persist through Tuesday (24and May), due to which a rain-dust storm is expected in several cities.

The weather update added that a rain dust thunderstorm is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Kohat, Waziristan, Bannu, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Hafizabad, MB Din, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, TT Singh, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan (Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamir, Hunza and Skardu).

PMD added that rain and thunderstorms are likely to occur in the afternoons and evenings/nights, while temperatures are expected to drop during the forecast period in most parts of the country, meaning weather conditions extreme heat waves will likely end.

Possible impacts:

  • Relief is expected from the current heat wave conditions in most parts of the country.
  • Water stress on water (reservoirs), crops, vegetables and orchards is likely to continue.
  • A wind/dust storm could damage vulnerable structures in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad/upper Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir during the forecast period.

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