PMD Issues Heatwave Alert for Southern Pakistan on May 31

PMD Issues Heatwave Alert for Southern Pakistan on May 31 – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a heatwave alert for the southern regions of the country, effective Friday, May 31, 2024.

According to the PMD, extreme heatwave conditions are expected to prevail over the southern parts of Pakistan tomorrow, posing significant health risks to the population.

The PMD has forecasted extremely high temperatures for various cities in the affected regions. The highest recorded maximum temperatures today were: Jacobabad at a scorching 51°C, Lasbella at 50°C, and Dadu, Sibbi, Turbat, and Mohenjo Daro at 49°C. Other notable high temperatures included Khairpur, Larkana, and Bahawalnagar at 48°C, and several cities such as Hyderabad, Kasur, Rahimyar Khan, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Joharabad, Khanewal, Mandi Bahauddin, Okara, Padidan, Rohri, and Noorpur Thal recording 47°C.

The PMD has warned that mainly hot weather will persist across most areas of the country. Southern regions are particularly at risk of experiencing very hot conditions accompanied by dust-raising winds and gusty conditions. However, the forecast also includes a glimmer of relief for northern areas, where isolated rain-thunderstorms are expected in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Additionally, windstorms and isolated rain-thunderstorms may occur in upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Pothohar region, and northeast Punjab during the evening and night.

According to the PMD, the current weather patterns are being influenced by continental air prevailing over most parts of the country, with a shallow westerly wave present over the northern regions. This combination is contributing to the widespread hot weather conditions observed today and expected to continue tomorrow.

The weather on Thursday, May 30, 2024, was predominantly hot across most of Pakistan. However, isolated rain-thunderstorms were recorded in Gilgit-Baltistan, upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Kashmir, offering brief respite from the heat. Gilgit reported 1 mm of rain in the past 24 hours, but most plain areas continued to experience very hot conditions.

The PMD advises residents in the affected regions to take necessary precautions to cope with the extreme heat, such as staying hydrated, avoiding direct sunlight during peak hours, and using protective measures to prevent heat-related illnesses. Authorities are also urged to implement measures to assist vulnerable populations and mitigate the impact of the heatwave.

As Pakistan braces for the heatwave, the PMD continues to monitor weather conditions closely and will provide updates as the situation develops. The public is encouraged to stay informed through official channels and heed the advice of health and safety officials.