Sindh records highest temperature of this sizzling summer

A man drinks water during a hot summer day. — AFP/File 

MOHENJO DARO: Sindh on Monday registered over 52°C (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature, making it the highest tally of the sweltering summer and near the nation’s record high amid the persistent heatwave, stated the Met Office.Extreme temperatures across Asia in the past month were exacerbated likely due to human-caused climate change, a group of global scientists mentioned.In Mohenjo Daro, temperatures escalated up to 52.2°C (126 °F) over the last 24 hours, a senior official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Shahid Abbas told Reuters.The measurement is the highest of the summer so far, and came close to the town’s and nation’s record highs of 53.5 °C (128.3 °F) and 54 °C (129.2 °F) respectively.Mohenjo Daro is a small town experiencing extremely hot summers and mild winters, with low precipitation, but its limited markets, including bakeries, tea stalls, mechanics, electronic repair shops, and fruit and vegetable vendors, are usually teeming with customers.But with the current heatwave, shops are observing almost no footfall.”The customers are not coming to the restaurant because of extreme heat. I sit idle at the restaurant with these tables and chairs and without any customers,” Wajid Ali, 32, who operates a tea stall in the town.”I take baths several times a day which gives me a little relief. Also, there is no electricity. The heat has made us very uneasy.”Adjacent to Ali’s stall is an electronic repair shop managed by Abdul Khaliq, 30, who was working with the shop’s shutter partly down to shield himself from the sun. Khaliq also lamented about the heat impacting business.Local physician Mushtaq Ahmed added that the residents have acclimated to living in the severe weather conditions and prefer staying indoors or near water.The highest temperature ever documented in the nation was in 2017 when temperatures soared to 54°C (129.2 °F) in the city of Turbat, situated in the Southwestern province of Balochistan. This was the second hottest in Asia and fourth highest globally, said PMD Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz. The heatwave will diminish in Mohenjo Daro and nearby regions, but another wave is anticipated to affect other parts of the province, including Karachi.

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