PMD Issues Alert of Thunderstorm Across Pakistan from May 28

PMD Issues Alert of Thunderstorm Across Pakistan from May 28

( – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday issued a thunderstorm alert for various parts of the country, predicting dust storms, thunderstorm, and isolated rain from May 28 to June 1, 2024.

This weather event is expected to bring much-needed relief from the severe heatwave conditions currently affecting the region.

The PMD indicated that a shallow westerly wave would influence the upper parts of Pakistan starting on the evening of May 28. This system is expected to bring significant changes in weather patterns across multiple provinces.

Balochistan: From the night of May 27 to May 29, dust storms and thunderstorm are forecasted for Quetta, Zhob, Ziarat, Sherani, and Barkhan. These conditions may disrupt daily life and agriculture in these areas.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: From the evening of May 28 to June 1, areas including Chitral, Dir, Swat, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Malakand, Waziristan, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bajaur, Mohmand, Karak, Khyber, Peshawar, Mardan, and Kurram will experience dust storms, thunderstorm, and isolated rain. These weather events may occur intermittently with occasional gaps.

Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir: Rain, wind, and thunderstorm are predicted from the evening of May 28 to June 1 in regions including Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar in Gilgit-Baltistan. Similarly, Kashmir areas such as Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, and Mirpur will also be affected.

Punjab and Islamabad: Dust storms and thunderstorm with isolated rain are expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Khushab, Sargodha, and Mianwali from the evening of May 28 to June 1, with occasional gaps.

Sindh: Dust storms and gusty winds are anticipated in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, and Hyderabad on May 28 and 29. These conditions may pose risks to infrastructure and daily activities.

The PMD has advised farmers to manage their crops accordingly to minimize potential damage. The department also warned that dust storms, windstorms, and lightning could affect daily routines, standing crops, and loose structures such as electric poles, vehicles, and solar panels.

Moreover, the severe heatwave conditions in the upper parts of the country are expected to subside from May 28, offering some respite to the affected populations. However, heatwave-like conditions will likely persist in the central and southern parts, with day temperatures remaining 3-4°C above normal. The general public is advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight during this period.

The PMD’s alert emphasizes the importance of staying informed and prepared for the upcoming weather changes, ensuring safety and minimizing disruption to daily life and agricultural activities.