Severe Heatwave Conditions to Prevail Next Two Days: PMD

Severe Heatwave Conditions to Prevail Next Two Days: PMD

Islamabad, May 26, 2024 — The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a severe heatwave warning, predicting extreme temperatures over the next two days.

The PMD forecasts that most plain areas of the country will experience intense heatwave conditions, urging residents to take necessary precautions.

On Sunday, May 26, some regions recorded alarmingly high temperatures, with Mohenjo Daro experiencing the highest at 53°C. Other areas faced similarly scorching heat: Jacobabad recorded 52°C, Dadu 51°C, and several cities, including Khanpur, Khairpur, Larkana, Padidan, Sukkur, Sibbi, and Rohri, hit 50°C. Rounding out the list, R Y Khan, Bhakkar, D G Khan, Kot Addu, and Nawabshah each registered 49°C, while Multan, D I Khan, Turbat saw temperatures of 48°C. Sakrand, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Jhang, Joharabad, Layyah, Kasur, and Noor Pur Thal recorded 47°C.

The PMD attributed these extreme temperatures to prevailing continental air and a high-pressure system in the upper atmosphere, which is expected to continue for the next two days. A shallow westerly wave currently over northern parts of the country is also influencing the weather patterns.

On Sunday, hot and dry conditions were observed across most of the country. However, isolated regions in Gilgit-Baltistan experienced partly cloudy weather with light rain and thunderstorms.

Looking ahead to Monday, May 27, the PMD predicts that the heatwave will persist in the plains, accompanied by gusty winds and dust storms in the afternoon. Despite the oppressive heat, Gilgit-Baltistan may see some relief with partly cloudy skies and light rain-thunderstorms expected in the evening or night.

Over the past 24 hours, the country has experienced very hot weather conditions, with isolated places in Gilgit-Baltistan receiving light rain or drizzle.

Given the severity of the heatwave, the PMD advises people to stay hydrated, avoid direct sunlight, and refrain from strenuous outdoor activities during peak hours. The public is also encouraged to look out for symptoms of heatstroke and to seek immediate medical attention if necessary.

Authorities are on high alert, ready to provide support and resources to affected areas. The Health Department has set up emergency services to address heat-related illnesses, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is monitoring the situation closely.

The next 48 hours are critical, and residents in the affected regions are urged to stay informed through official weather updates and heed advisories to ensure their safety and well-being.