Rain expected in upper regions from today: NDMA

ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Tuesday released a forecast for precipitation beginning today (May 28) through June, as the nation continues to suffer from an intense heatwave.

As per an NDMA representative, rainfall along with wind and thunderstorms is projected in the northern areas, while landslides may impact highways and transportation networks in highland regions.

“There is a risk of inundation in local rivers and streams because of rain in the upper areas,” the representative mentioned, adding that regional departments are on standby to manage probable floods and landslides.

The district administration, the representative noted, has been instructed to relocate individuals residing in shantytowns to more secure locations.

“There is a concern about damage to crops, power poles, and other infrastructure due to the wind,” he said.

According to NDMA, Punjab cities such as Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, TT Singh, Jhang, Khushab, Sargodha, and Mianwali will experience sporadic rainfall from tonight until June 1.

Precipitation is also anticipated to affect towns across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Chitral, Dir, Swat, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Malakand, Waziristan, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Bajaur, Mohmand, Karak, Khyber, Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, and Kurram.

In Gilgit-Baltistan towns including Diamer, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar as well as Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhnoti, Kotli, Bhimber, and Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir likely to receive scattered rainfall from this evening to June 1.

Quetta, Shirani, Zhob, Killa Saifullah, Ziarat, Kohlu, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Chaman, Musa Khel, and Barkhan in Balochistan will observe isolated showers accompanied by dust and thunderstorm.

In Sindh, Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Sajawal, and Tando Mohammad Khan are anticipated to experience weather changes from today until tomorrow (May 29).

Meanwhile, a weather analyst mentioned that there is a likelihood of a storm in Karachi, Thatta, Sajawal, Badin, and Hyderabad from May 30 to 31, the analyst indicated, adding that dusty, hot, and dry winds may blow from the northwest at speeds of 25 to 40 kilometers per hour.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department today indicated that the climate in Karachi today is expected to remain hot and humid for the next 24 hours with a possibility of strong winds.

The city’s peak temperature is anticipated to range between 36°C and 38°C.

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