Heavy Rainfall Forecasted in Karachi: Met Office Issues Alert

Heavy Rainfall Forecasted in Karachi: Met Office Issues Alert

Karachi, 8th July 2024 – The Meteorological Department has issued a weather advisory, predicting heavy rainfall in Karachi and several other regions across Pakistan.

This forecast comes as monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea penetrate the upper and central parts of the country, coinciding with an approaching westerly wave expected to affect the upper regions starting July 11th.

Weather Outlook for Monday

Most parts of the country will experience hot and humid conditions. However, isolated areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, north and southeastern Balochistan, south Punjab, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan can expect rain accompanied by wind and thundershowers. Karachi, in particular, should brace for significant rainfall that could lead to urban flooding in some low-lying areas.

Forecast for Tuesday

The weather pattern will continue into Tuesday, with hot and humid conditions prevailing nationwide. Rain-wind/thundershower is anticipated in isolated locations, including Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, southeastern Sindh, north and southeastern Balochistan, south Punjab, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Citizens are advised to stay alert and take necessary precautions against potential flooding and waterlogging.

Past 24-Hour Weather Summary

Over the past 24 hours, isolated rain and thundershowers have been reported in the Pothohar region, Islamabad, Kashmir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, and upper Sindh. The rest of the country experienced predominantly hot and humid weather. Significant rainfall measurements included 34 mm in Murree, 22 mm in Rawalakot, and 8 mm in Bacha Khan (A/P).

In terms of temperatures, Turbat recorded the highest maximum temperature at a scorching 49°C, followed by Dalbandin at 43°C, and Lasbella and Nokkundi at 42°C.

Precautions and Advisories

With the anticipated heavy rainfall, the Met Office urges residents in the affected regions, especially in Karachi, to stay updated with the latest weather bulletins. Authorities are advised to prepare for emergency response operations in case of flooding. Motorists are recommended to avoid waterlogged roads and ensure their vehicles are in good condition to handle wet conditions.

The combination of monsoon currents and a westerly wave poses a significant weather event for Pakistan in the coming days. While the rains may provide much-needed relief from the heat, they also bring risks that require vigilance and preparedness from both the public and authorities. Stay safe and informed as the situation develops.