PMD Issues Alert of Devastating Monsoon Rainfall till July 7

PMD Issues Alert of Devastating Monsoon Rainfall till July 7

Islamabad, July 2, 2024 – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued an alert warning of massive monsoon rainfall expected across the country from July 2 to July 7.

The PMD has predicted vigorous monsoon activity in the upper and central parts of Pakistan during this period. The department cautioned that the torrential monsoon rainfall in the upper regions could significantly disrupt daily routines and cause severe impacts.

According to the Met office, strong monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal are anticipated to penetrate the upper parts of the country starting from July 3. Under the influence of this monsoon weather system, the following areas are expected to experience heavy rainfall:

Kashmir: Rain, wind, and thundershowers, with a few heavy to very heavy falls, are forecasted for regions including Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, and Mirpur from July 2 to July 7, with occasional gaps.

Punjab/Islamabad: Rain, wind, and thundershowers, with some heavy to very heavy falls, are expected in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Attock, Chakwal, Tala Gang, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Wazirabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Narowal, Sahiwal, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Nankana Sahib, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Okara, Pakpattan, Kasur, Khushab, Sargodha, Bhakkar, and Mianwali from July 2 to July 7. Rain and thundershowers are also expected in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, D.G. Khan, Multan, Khanewal, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rahimyar Khan, and Layyah from the night of July 4 to July 7.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Rain, wind, and thundershowers, with a few heavy to isolated very heavy falls, are predicted in Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Malakand, Bajaur, Shangla, Battagram, Buner, Kohat, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Hangu, Kurram, Waziristan, Bannu, and Dera Ismail Khan from July 3 to July 7, with occasional gaps.

Balochistan: Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most districts of the province. However, rain, wind, and thundershowers are expected in eastern parts of Balochistan (Khuzdar, Kalat, Zhob, Barkhan, Jaffarabad, and Naseerabad) from July 3 to July 7.

Sindh: Mostly hot and very humid weather is forecasted for the province. Rain, wind, and thundershowers are expected in Mithi, Umarkot, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur, and Larkana from July 4 to July 7, with occasional gaps.

Gilgit-Baltistan: Mainly partly cloudy to cloudy weather is expected, with some rainfall activity in Diamir, Astore, Skardu, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar during the week.

Possible Impacts and Advisories:

• Torrential rains may cause flash floods in local streams and nullahs in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Narowal, Murree, Galliyat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Dir, Swat, Kashmir, and the hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan from July 4 to July 7.

• Water flows in eastern rivers are likely to increase during this period of vigorous monsoon activity.

• Urban flooding is anticipated in Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Peshawar from July 4 to July 7.

• Landslides may disrupt roads in the vulnerable hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

• Heavy downpours, windstorms, and lightning could affect daily routines and pose risks to weak structures, such as Kacha houses, electric poles, billboards, vehicles, and solar panels.

• Farmers are advised to plan their activities in consideration of the weather forecast.

• Travelers and tourists should exercise caution, manage their travel according to weather conditions, and avoid any dangerous situations during the wet spell.

Note: All concerned authorities are advised to remain on high alert and take necessary measures to prevent any untoward incidents during this period.