Widespread Rains Expected in Many Regions of Pakistan on July 6

Widespread Rains Expected in Many Regions of Pakistan on July 6

Islamabad, July 5, 2024 – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a comprehensive weather forecast predicting widespread rains and thundershowers across several regions of Pakistan on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

This forecast comes as strong monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal continue to influence weather patterns over the country’s upper and central parts.

According to the PMD, the widespread rains affected regions include Kashmir, Punjab, the Pothohar region, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Balochistan, and Gilgit Baltistan. Heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in northeast Balochistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and northeast Punjab during this period.

Authorities have issued warnings about the potential for torrential rains that could lead to flash floods in local nullahs and streams in various areas including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Manshera, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Dir, Swat, Kashmir, northeast Balochistan, and hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan. Urban flooding is also anticipated in cities such as Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Peshawar from July 5th to 7th.

Furthermore, the PMD highlighted the possibility of landslides that could disrupt road traffic in vulnerable points of hilly areas across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The synoptic situation detailed by the PMD indicates the presence of strong monsoon currents originating from both the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, penetrating deeply into the upper and central parts of Pakistan. Additionally, a westerly wave is expected to affect most of these areas starting from tomorrow, further intensifying the weather conditions.

Recent weather observations show that during the past 24 hours, significant rains and thundershowers were recorded in the Pothohar region, upper and central Punjab, northeast Balochistan, Kashmir, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Meanwhile, hot and humid weather conditions prevailed over other parts of the country.

Notable rains measurements from the previous day include Joharabad in Punjab recording 48 mm, Sargodha 38 mm, and Chakwal 33 mm, among others. In Balochistan, Barkhan received 34 mm of rainfall, while in Kashmir, Garhiduptta recorded 15 mm.

The PMD’s warnings and forecasts underscore the importance of preparedness and caution among residents and authorities in the affected regions, urging them to stay updated with official advisories as the weather situation unfolds.

As Pakistan braces for potentially heavy rains and associated weather hazards, vigilance and adherence to safety protocols will be crucial in minimizing the impact on communities and infrastructure across the country.