Thunderstorm Expected in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on October 8, 2023

Thunderstorm Expected in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on October 8, 2023

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a weather forecast, anticipating thunderstorms in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

While the majority of the country is expected to experience dry weather, residents in the northern regions are advised to be on alert for a shift in atmospheric conditions.

According to the PMD’s daily weather report for October 8, 2023, southern areas of Pakistan are forecasted to maintain a pattern of hot and dry weather. In contrast, the northern regions, including Gilgit Baltistan and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, should prepare for partly cloudy weather with the potential for rain, wind, and thunderstorms at isolated locations.

A cautionary warning has been issued by the meteorological department regarding isolated heavy rainfall expected in Kashmir, the Pothohar region, Mansehra, and Abbottabad on Monday. Moreover, there is an elevated risk of landslides in Dir, Swat, Chitral, Gilgit Baltistan, and Kashmir.

Analyzing the synoptic situation, the PMD highlighted that continental air is currently prevailing over most parts of the country. Additionally, a shallow westerly wave has been identified over the northern areas of Pakistan.

Over the past 24 hours, the weather conditions nationwide have remained predominantly dry, characterized by hot temperatures in the southern regions. However, an exception was noted with 01 mm of rainfall recorded in Balakot and Gupis.

The highest maximum temperatures recorded today include 42°C in Shaheed Benazirabad, 42°C in Sibbi, and 41°C in Turbat.

As the weather patterns undergo a shift, residents of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other affected areas are strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts. Taking necessary precautions is crucial to ensuring the safety of individuals and communities during the anticipated thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. The PMD emphasizes vigilance and preparedness to address potential challenges arising from the changing meteorological conditions.

In light of the forecasted weather conditions, local authorities are urged to implement safety measures and communicate effectively with the public. The timely dissemination of information can play a critical role in minimizing the impact of adverse weather events, safeguarding lives, and protecting property in the affected regions.

Citizens are encouraged to follow official weather updates, adhere to safety guidelines, and report any emergencies promptly. The collaboration between meteorological agencies, local authorities, and communities is essential to managing and mitigating the potential risks associated with weather-related challenges.