PMD forecasts rain across country next week

1685099040 PMD forecasts rain across country next week
A motorcyclist and a pillion rider protect themselves with an umbrella during heavy rain in Lahore on May 2, 2023. — Online
A motorcyclist and a pillion rider protect themselves with an umbrella during heavy rain in Lahore on May 2, 2023. — Online

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reports that the next week will see more rainfall and a relatively cooler temperature across the country.

Their statement mentions that temperatures are expected to remain below normal next week throughout the country.

The areas where wind, dust, thunderstorms and rain are expected include Quetta, Zhob, Barkhan, Qilla Saifullah, Qillah Abdullah, Chaman, Pishin, Noshki, Naseerabad, Kalat, Lasbella, Khuzdar, and Sibbi in Balochistan. It also includes Sukkur, Dadu, Karachi, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Khairpur, and Larkana in Sindh. And, in Punjab, it includes Layyah, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalnagar, Multan, Sahiwal, Khanewal, Okara, and Pakpattan on May 28 (evening/night) and 30.

In addition, Kashmir’s Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber and Mirpur are expected to experience rain alongside wind, dust, thunderstorms, and hailstorms with isolated heavy falls. Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar are in the same weather patterns.

Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Kohat, Bannu, Tank, Karak, Dera Ismail Khan, Islamabad, Murree, Galliyat, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Nankana, Mandi Bahauddin, Khushab, Mianwali, Narowal, Sialkot, Kasur, Lahore, and Jhelum will see occasional gaps but will also experience similar weather patterns.

The PMD added that downpours are expected in some places, and they are advising concerned authorities, especially farmers and tourists in the affected areas, to remain cautious and plan their activities accordingly. Meanwhile, the general public has been warned to remain at safer places during the dust storm/wind-thunderstorm.

NDMA Warns of Extreme Weather Conditions

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) recently warned all provinces to be prepared for extreme climate events such as heat waves, snow melting, landslides, flash floods, forest fires, and cyclones. In an official letter, the authority informed all provincial governments of the extraordinary preparations needed to face these events between April and October. PDMA Sindh, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) were informed that PMD forecasts higher temperatures in northern regions and along the coastal belt during May-July.

In response, the NDMA issued an advisory alert to all federal and provincial departments concerned to ensure disaster preparedness measures after the PMD predicted rain-thunderstorms from May 22-26.