Citizens swelter as heatwave continues to grip various parts of country

A volunteer provides relief to a woman amid the heatwave in Karachi. — AFP/File

Inhabitants across Pakistan are enduring oppressive temperatures as the ongoing heatwave blankets many areas, maxing out at a scorching 50°C on Sunday.

Numerous locales recorded temperatures surging past the 40°C mark, including the city of Lahore which noted a peak of 43°C, paired with a humidity of 17%, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

The stifling heat in the region’s capital is forecasted to persist until May 27, the PMD further indicated.

The latest figures from the Meteorological Office reveal that the searing heat has encapsulated diverse parts of the nation, with Dadu and Moenjodaro at the forefront, registering temperatures of 50°C. This is followed closely by Nawabshah, Sibi, and Turbat at 48°C, Bahawalpur at 47°C, and Mithi at a sizzling 46°C.

Adding to the list, Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, and Nokundi saw the mercury hit 45°C, Bannu and Jhelum reached 43°C, while Sahiwal and Faisalabad experienced a slightly lower but still heated 42°C.

Karachi, the country’s economic nucleus, recorded a high of 36°C today with a humidity reading of 50%.

Meteorological specialist Owais Hyder points out the largest city may face its most intense heat over the coming week.

“Karachi could see a surge in temperature from tomorrow, making it the warmest week of the year,” stated Hyder.

He anticipates the temperatures to fall within a range of 40 to 42°C from Tuesday to Thursday.

The Met Office has announced that a harsh heatwave will continue to preside over most plains of the country, alongside the expected occurrence of dusty winds and thunderstorms on Monday afternoon.

Nonetheless, the forecast also suggests the possibility of partly cloudy skies with intermittent showers, potent winds, and thunderstorms in Gilgit-Baltistan, offering a reprieve from the heat.

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