KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast hot and dry weather in almost all parts of the country for a week from today, prompting the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh to issue an alert to the heat wave.
The plains of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan are expected to bear the brunt of the extreme heatwave as the temperature is expected to hover around 44-46 degrees Celsius.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the daytime temperature is expected to remain 06-08°C above normal in upper and central Sindh, central Punjab and southern Punjab and a large region of Balochistan over the period.
Likewise, daytime temperature is expected to remain 05-07°C above normal in Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
The weather in Karachi will also remain hot and humid from Tuesday with the temperature ranging between 38 and 40 degrees Celsius, according to PMD officials.
They said high pressure in the upper atmosphere was responsible for extremely high temperatures during the day in the plains of the country, adding that temperatures in the coastal belt would remain relatively low compared to the plains, but hot and humid weather was expected. in the coastal areas of the country.
“Yes, there will be heat wave in Sindh cities including Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Jacobabad, Dadu, Sukkur, Larkana, Badin, Thatta and Tharparker in addition to South and Central Punjab with maximum temperature between 44° C and 46°C, even touching 48°C in some places,” said Dr Sardar Sarfraz, Metrological Director of Sindh.He added that Karachi would not suffer much but the maximum temperature could range from 38°C to 39 °C.
CMO Sindh argued that very hot and dry weather can cause water stress on water reservoirs, standing crops, vegetables and orchards and advised farmers to manage crop water accordingly.
At the same time, the public is advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight, Sarfraz said, adding that proper use of water is required in all aspects of life.
In the event of severe weather, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) also issued a heat wave in Sindh Province and ordered Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and District Disaster Management Authorities ( DDMA) to remain on alert from Tuesday to Monday.
Health facilities across the province have also been put on high alert. Medical superintendents and directors of major hospitals have been ordered to make appropriate arrangements to prevent loss of life during the likely heat wave.