PMD issues precautions amid heatwave

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Monday forecast increased day temperatures from May 21 -27, advising the citizens to adopt precautionary measures to protect them from severe heat wave conditions.

The PMD revealed that the day temperatures were likely to remain 4 to 6 Celsius degree above normal in Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan from May 21-27.

The day temperatures are likely to remain 4 to 6 degree Celsius above normal in Sindh and Punjab from May 21-23 and from 6-8 degree Celsius from May 23-27.

According to the synoptic situation, continental air was prevailing over most parts of the country.

On Tuesday, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot weather is likely in central and southern parts.

The PMD advised the general public to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight and use water judiciously.

The extreme dry/heatwave conditions may trigger bush fires and forest fires in the vulnerable areas of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Northeast Balochistan.

During the last 24 hours, hot and dry weather prevailed in most parts of the country, while very hot in southern and central parts.

However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.

The rainfall recorded was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Parachinar 8mm, Kalam 2, Gilgit Baltistan: Bagrote 04, Gilgit 03, Bunji, Hunza 2mm.

The highest maximum temperatures recorded were Sibbi 48C, Bahawalnagar, Bhakkar, Kot Addu, Mohenjodharo, Shaheed Benazirabad, Jacobabad 47, Sakrand, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang, Khanewal and Larkana 46C.

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