Mercury Soars to 52°C in Jacobabad as Sindh Sizzles

Mercury Soars to 52°C in Jacobabad as Sindh Sizzles

 ( – On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, Jacobabad district of Sindh experienced a scorching temperature of 52°C, as reported by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

This marked one of the highest temperatures recorded in the region, as a severe heatwave gripped Sindh and surrounding areas. The oppressive heatwave is expected to persist over the districts of upper Sindh and south Punjab for the next two days.

The extreme temperatures recorded on Tuesday were not isolated to Jacobabad. Other areas in Sindh and Punjab also experienced soaring temperatures, with Dadu, Larkana, and Mohenjodaro each reaching 51°C. Meanwhile, cities such as Rahim Yar Khan, Sibbi, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Khanpur, Bhakkar, and Khairpur hit 50°C. Additionally, Bahawalnagar, Rohri, and Padidan recorded temperatures of 49°C, while Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Gujranwala, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Kot Addu, Multan, Noor Pur Thal, and Sakrand saw temperatures of 48°C.

The current synoptic situation indicates that continental air is dominating over most parts of Pakistan. However, a shallow westerly wave is anticipated to affect the upper regions of the country starting from tomorrow. This meteorological phenomenon is expected to bring slight relief to some areas but will primarily impact the northern parts of the country.

On Tuesday, the weather across Pakistan was predominantly hot and dry, with most of the plains experiencing intense heat. The PMD noted the potential for gusty winds and windstorms in a few places. Looking ahead to Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the forecast predicts continued very hot conditions in most plain areas of the country. Nonetheless, there is a possibility of gusty winds and windstorms in certain locations during the afternoon. Furthermore, isolated regions in Gilgit Baltistan, Kashmir, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Potohar region might experience rain, windstorms, or thunderstorms during the evening or night.

The sweltering heat has significant implications for the residents of these regions. Prolonged exposure to such extreme temperatures can lead to severe health issues, including heatstroke and dehydration. The PMD has advised people to take necessary precautions, such as staying hydrated, avoiding direct sunlight during peak hours, and seeking cooler environments whenever possible. The intense heat also poses challenges for agriculture, as crops and livestock are at risk of heat stress.

Local authorities and emergency services are on high alert to respond to any heat-related emergencies. Public health campaigns are underway to educate the populace about the dangers of heatwaves and the steps they can take to protect themselves. Additionally, the government is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with various departments to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities.

Jacobabad is no stranger to extreme heat, having previously recorded some of the highest temperatures in Pakistan. The city’s geographical location and climatic conditions contribute to its notoriety as one of the hottest places on Earth. The recent temperature spike to 52°C underscores the ongoing challenges posed by climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events.

As Sindh continues to sizzle under the relentless sun, the immediate focus remains on safeguarding the health and well-being of its residents. The Pakistan Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates. In the meantime, residents are urged to stay informed and take all necessary precautions to mitigate the risks associated with the extreme heatwave.