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Heatwave alert for next 10 days in plains of Sindh and Punjab

PMD has advised the public to avoid direct sunlight and stay hydrated, as well as to conserve water.

A significant heatwave alert has been issued for the next ten days across the plains of Sindh and Punjab, with temperatures expected to soar to 44-46 degrees Celsius.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, this surge in temperature is due to a high-pressure system in the upper atmosphere, impacting regions including central and southern Punjab, upper and central Sindh, and parts of Balochistan.

Due to the presence of high pressure in the upper atmosphere, heatwave conditions are likely to develop over most parts of the country, especially over Punjab and Sindh from 21 May and are likely to convert to severe heatwave conditions from 23 to 27  May, the MET office predicted.

Furthermore, the day temperatures will likely remain 04 to 06°C above normal in Sindh and Punjab from the 21st to the 23rd and from 06 to 08°C from 23 to 27 May.

Day temperatures likely remain 04 to 06°C above normal in Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan from 21 to 27 May.

As predicted, the temperature in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and surrounding areas may rise as high as 40°C to 43°C during the extremely hot weather

However, the situation will remain comparatively better in Karachi, according to the MET office.

Karachi will remain under the effects of the heatwave and the temperature may rise as high as 40°C on some days, but will mostly remain between 36°C to 39°C during the next 10 days.

Furthermore, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Sindh has directed local authorities and health facilities to remain on high alert to manage any heat-related emergencies.

The intensity of the current heatwave is likely to diminish in the first week of June, the weather agency added.

PMD has advised the public to avoid direct sunlight and stay hydrated, as well as to conserve water.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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