Pakistan Braces for Widespread Rain on April 25, 2024

Pakistan Braces for Widespread Rain on April 25, 2024

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a weather advisory predicting widespread rain accompanied by windstorms and thunderstorms across various regions of Pakistan on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

This weather disturbance is attributed to a westerly wave expected to affect several parts of the country starting this evening.

According to the PMD, regions likely to be impacted the most include Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, south Punjab, upper Sindh, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The weather system, entering from the west tonight, is projected to intensify and cover most upper and central areas by Friday, April 26.

The forecast for Wednesday, April 24, indicates predominantly dry conditions across most of the country, with notably hotter temperatures prevailing in the southern regions. However, isolated areas such as southwestern Balochistan, Kashmir, and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa might experience rain-windstorms and thunderstorms by evening or night.

In the last 24 hours, the weather across Pakistan was largely dry, with hot conditions in the south. Nonetheless, isolated rainfall and thunderstorms were recorded in regions including Kashmir, northeast Punjab, and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Notable rainfall measurements include 23 mm in Rawalakot, Kashmir, and lesser amounts in other areas like Kotli and Kakul.

Yesterday’s temperature readings reached high points across various cities with Shaheed Benazirabad hitting a scorching 42 degrees Celsius, closely followed by Chhor, Dadu, and Jacobabad at 41 degrees Celsius. These conditions underscore the typical pre-monsoon climate variability experienced in the region.

The PMD’s alert has prompted local authorities to advise the public to take precautionary measures against the expected adverse weather conditions. Residents in the affected areas are advised to secure any loose outdoor items and stay informed about further updates from the weather department.

Emergency services are on alert, and disaster management teams are prepared to handle any incidents resulting from the severe weather. This proactive approach aims to minimize damage and ensure public safety during the climatic disturbances.

Farmers and agricultural stakeholders are particularly urged to prepare for the rain, which could potentially benefit crops but also pose challenges if the precipitation is excessive. The expected rain could provide relief to water-stressed regions, aiding in crop irrigation and replenishing local water sources.

The PMD continues to monitor the evolving weather situation closely and will issue updates as more information becomes available. The general public is encouraged to stay updated through official channels and comply with any advisories issued by local authorities.

As the country prepares for the impending weather changes, the focus remains on safety and minimizing disruption, ensuring that the impact of the seasonal weather phenomena is managed effectively.