Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Sunday issued a weather advisory predicting dust-thunderstorm and rain predicted in the upper and central parts of the country from Tuesday to Thursday.

According to the PMD, the upcoming dust storms and rains would occur due to a westerly wave, which would likely to enter western parts on Tuesday and affect upper and central parts till Thursday and persist over northern areas till Friday.

The PMD also predicted that under the influence of the weather system, widespread dust-thunderstorm/rain (few moderate to isolated heavy falls) associated with strong gusty winds was expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Tuesday to Thursday, while in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Tuesday to Friday.

Dust-thunderstorm and rain associated with strong gusty winds was expected at scattered places in Northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Kalat, Zhob, Nasirabad & Sibbi divisions), Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Lahore divisions), Islamabad from Tuesday to Thursday, while in central/southern Punjab (Multan, D.G.Khan, Sahiwal and Bahawalpur divisions), at isolated places in Sukkur division on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hailstorm was also expected at isolated places in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir during the period.

The PMD advised the farmers to take precautionary measures during the forecast period.

Meanwhile, the Met Office forecast dry weather in most parts of the country and hot weather in plain areas of Punjab and Sindh in the next 24 hours. However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds was expected at isolated places in Kohat division and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the synoptic situations, continental air prevailed over most parts of the country. The weather remained dry in most parts of the country and hot in Sindh during the last 24 hours. However, rain occurred at isolated places in Malakand division, Khanewal, Layyah and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Following rainfall was recorded in millimetres during last 24 hours: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Chitral 08, Mirkhani 04, Dir, Drosh 01, Punjab: Layyah 02 & Khanewal 01.

The highest maximum temperatures recorded on Suns=day were: Sukkur, Larkana and Dadu 43°C, Jaccobabad, Rohri, Shaheed Benazirabad, Padidan, Mithi and Moenjodaro 42°C, Lahore 37C, Peshawar 36 C and Islamabad 32 C.