PMD Issues Alert of Rising Mercury on May 16

PMD Issues Alert of Rising Mercury on May 16

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued an alert regarding rising temperatures across the country on Thursday, May 16, 2024, with hot and dry weather expected in most regions, particularly in central and southern areas.

According to the PMD’s forecast, the mercury is set to soar in central and southern parts of Pakistan, while isolated rain, wind, or thunderstorms may occur in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and northwestern Balochistan. The synoptic situation indicates the prevalence of continental air over most parts of the country.

Yesterday, May 15, 2024, saw a continuation of hot and dry weather across most areas, with central and southern regions experiencing very high temperatures. Isolated rain, wind, or thunderstorms were reported in northwestern districts of Balochistan during the evening and night.

Over the past 24 hours, hot and dry weather persisted in most parts of the country, with southern and central areas experiencing particularly high temperatures. Rainfall was recorded in Tharparkar, with Chachro receiving 23 mm and Islamkot receiving 6 mm.

Yesterday’s highest maximum temperatures, recorded in various cities across Pakistan, reflected the intensity of the heatwave. Dadu recorded the highest temperature at 47°C, followed by Jacobabad at 45°C. Other cities experiencing scorching temperatures included Sukkur, Sibbi, Rohri, Mohenjo Daro, Larkana, Khanpur, and Khairpur, all reaching 44°C. Meanwhile, Rahim Yar Khan, Turbat, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mithi, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, and Bahawalnagar recorded temperatures of 43°C.

The PMD’s alert serves as a reminder for residents to take necessary precautions to combat the heatwave, including staying hydrated, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun, and seeking shelter in cool areas whenever possible. Additionally, authorities are urged to take appropriate measures to ensure the well-being of vulnerable populations, such as the older people and young children, during periods of extreme heat.

As the country braces for rising temperatures, the PMD continues to monitor weather patterns closely and provide regular updates to the public to ensure preparedness and safety amid changing climatic conditions.