KARACHI - The city is expected to receive 130 to 150mm of rainfall under the new spell of the monsoon system which is affecting the metropolis for the last two days, a top official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Saturday.

According to Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz, different parts of the port city received light to moderate showers today under the influence of the weather system that entered Sindh from Rajasthan.

Earlier, several areas of the city such as Jinnah Terminal, Quaidabad, and Korangi reported light rain. In its fresh update, the PMD said strong monsoon currents have started penetrating into eastern Sindh and will prevail till July 26 and 27.

Under the influence of the news system, the city was expected to see widespread rain-wind/thunderstorms with scattered heavy and very heavy falls.

Meanwhile, the temperature of the city would stay between 28 and 31 degrees Celsius with humidity reaching up to 90 per cent. Westerly and northwesterly winds were also likely to blow in the metropolis. Separately, the PMD has also issued a similar forecast of eastern areas of Sindh, where rain will arrive sooner. “Widespread rain-wind/thunderstorms with scattered heavy and very heavy falls (extremely heavy at times in lower and western Sindh) are likely in Tharparker, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Badin, Thatta, Tando M Khan, Tando Allayar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Khairpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Qambar Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmore districts from today to July 27.”

The department has warned that the rain may generate urban flooding and water logging in low-lying areas of Karachi, Hyderabad, Matiari, Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparker, Tando M Khan, Tando Allayar, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Dadu, Jamshoro, Kambar Shahdadkot, Larkana and Sukkur during the forecast period.

Strong winds may damage vulnerable and loose structures, it cautioned, adding that the persistent heavy spell could create pressure on the Hub Dam, leading to flash floods in Dadu and Jamshoro districts and downstream.

Furthermore, the department has advised all the concerned authorities to remain alert during this time.

The monsoon season in Pakistan this year has wreaked havoc in Sindh and Balochistan. Earlier, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said that rains in the provinces have broken 30-year records.

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