Cold and Dry Weather Sweeps Across Pakistan on February 21

Cold and Dry Weather Sweeps Across Pakistan on February 21

Islamabad, February 20, 2024 – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a weather forecast predicting cold and dry conditions across the country on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

The forecast indicates that while most parts of the country will experience cold and dry weather, the upper regions are expected to face very cold temperatures. Additionally, there is a possibility of light rain-thunderstorm and snowfall over hills in isolated areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, and adjoining hilly regions.

According to the PMD, a westerly wave is currently affecting the upper parts of Pakistan and is anticipated to persist for the next 24 hours, contributing to the prevailing weather conditions. The synoptic situation indicates that this weather pattern will result in cold temperatures and dry weather in most areas.

In the past 24 hours, the country experienced a mix of weather conditions, with rain, wind, and thunderstorms (along with snowfall over hills) reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Islamabad, the Pothohar region, northeast Punjab, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Cold and dry weather prevailed in other parts of the country.

Significant rainfall was recorded in various regions, including Cherat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 78 mm, Dir (Upper) with 56 mm, and Saidu Sharif with 40 mm. In Kashmir, Rawalakot received 69 mm, Muzaffarabad (City) with 68 mm, and the Airport in Muzaffarabad with 54 mm. Punjab saw rainfall in Murree (35 mm), Islamabad (City) with 27 mm, and Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) with 27 mm.

Snowfall was reported in several areas, with Kalam receiving 16.5 inches, Drosh with 12 inches, and Malam Jabba with 08 inches. The recorded lowest minimum temperatures included Leh at -09°C, Kalam at -08°C, Astore, Gupis, and Malam Jabba at -05°C, Skardu and Bagrote at -03°C.

The weather conditions highlight the diverse climate in Pakistan, with snowfall in the northern regions, rainfall in various parts, and cold temperatures across the country. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions, especially in the regions experiencing very cold weather, and to stay updated on weather forecasts for potential changes.

As the westerly wave continues to influence the upper parts of Pakistan, the meteorological department urges citizens to remain vigilant and adhere to any further weather advisories. The PMD remains committed to providing timely and accurate weather information to help citizens and authorities plan and prepare for varying weather conditions.