The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted hot and dry weather for Karachi in the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature in the port city is predicted to rise from 35-37°C, making it scorching hot.
The Chief Meteorologist of PMD, Sardar Sarfaraz, revealed that the heat intensity has decreased slightly as compared to previous days. However, he has also stated that Karachi’s weather will continue to be hot with temperatures fluctuating between 36°C to 37°C for the next few days, while the minimum temperature may decrease to 28°C. The humidity in the air is expected to be around 69%, which can increase the intensity of the heat.
The PMD chief mentioned that the increase in humidity levels in the air is the reason behind the high intensity of heat. As for the wind directions, the southwest winds are blowing at a speed of 15 to 16 kilometres per hour. He added that there is no chance of a heatwave in May because the weather keeps fluctuating in this month and June.
According to the PMD chief, there is no chance of rainfall in Karachi at present, and monsoon rains are expected to be less than normal. Furthermore, the PMD warned that the current heatwave-like conditions are likely to continue in most parts of the province, including Dadu, Jacobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Khairpur, and suburbs, where the maximum temperature may range from 45°C to 47°C. Under the prevailing climatic conditions in the upper atmosphere, the plains of Sindh are in the grip of extreme heat and are expected to continue in the coming days.
The expert stated that Karachi’s weather has started improving slightly with the resumption of the sea breeze. The maximum temperature is likely to remain between 34°C to 37°C next week, once the sea breeze completely resumes from Sunday. However, very hot and dry conditions in the interior of Sindh will prevail, with the temperature expected to remain high for the few coming days.
Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) remained the hottest place in Sindh, with the maximum temperature touching 47.2°C followed by 46.5°C in Dadu while many other cities experienced a temperature of 45°C. In Karachi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar recorded a temperature of 39.3°C, Jinnah Terminal recorded 38.4°C, Karachi Airport recorded 37.7°C, and Bin Qasim recorded the maximum temperature of 34.7°C on Saturday.