LAHORE - After feeling spring like conditions most part of May, Lahorites are likely to experience real summer in June as normal rainfall and abundance of sunshine is expected in coming months.
Though unusual but not unnatural, people all over the country including in the City are still experiencing March-April like conditions due to cloudiness and the resultant lesser sunshine period, above normal rainfall and dust-storms. Owing to unusual weather pattern witnessed in the country after 28 years, maximum temperature in Lahore fell 10 degree Celsius below normal level on May 13, causing people to switch off air conditioners and even fans. On the same day, minimum temperature also fell 9 C below normal level, causing people to take blankets while sleeping. Still, maximum temperature is 2 C and minimum temperature 4 C below normal level. This trend is likely to persist during remaining part of the month which means a cooler May after 1986.
So far Lahore has received 32.4 mm rain as against monthly normal of 23.4 mm. Experts are expecting more rains during the remaining part of May which would further widen the gap between actual and normal value of precipitation. Lahore received 117.7 mm rain in 1983, highest ever for the month of May. Lahore received not a single drop of rain in 1998, minimum ever rainfall for the month of May.
Mean maximum and minimum temperature for Lahore is 38.9 C and 24 C respectively. Mercury rose as high as 47 C in 2010 and dropped as low as 14.3 C in 2004, hottest and coldest days ever for the month of May.
Chief Meteorologist Muhammad Riaz said that it was unusual but not unnatural as this could happen in 15-20 years.
“It was comparatively a cool May after 1986. Excessive rains, windstorm and lesser sunshine period considerably decreased the mercury level. It is a global phenomenon. It is unusual but not unnatural”, he said, adding, June would be a usual summer month as normal rains are expected in coming days.
Meanwhile, weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Rawalpindi divisions.
Moenjodaro, Larkana, Jaccobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad and Sukkur remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 45 C. Maximum temperature in Chhor, Sibbi, R Y Khan, Rohri, Hyderabad and Dadu was recorded 44 C and in Padidan and Mithi 43 C.
Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 37 degree Celsius and 21 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 24 percent.
According to the experts, a shallow westerly trough is prevailing over northern parts of the country.
Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, partly cloudy weather conditions with rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand, Hazara divisions Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. On Wednesday, Chakwal received 04 mm rain, Murree 02 mm and Astore 01 mm.