ISLAMABAD: After a long torrid weather spell in Pakistan, the Met-Office has forecasted rainy weather over the weekend, during the Eid holidays.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in a statement informed that pre-monsoon rain in Pakistan is likely to start from Saturday. Moist currents will start to penetrate on Friday and rain is expected over the next 48 hours.
Rain-thundershower with gusty winds and dust-storm are expected at scattered spots in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions in upper Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Kashmir region, while at isolated places in Sahiwal division during Eid days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
It remained very hot and dry in the plains of the Pakistan on Wednesday which was the hottest day of the season recorded particularly in Lahore.
However, the maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 45 degrees Celsius in Lahore, the highest of the season so far. The maximum temperature in Sargodha was 45 degrees Celsius and Faisalabad 43 degrees Celsius. Balochistan’s Sibbi was the hottest city in the country with 50 degrees Celsius maximum temperature. It was followed by Noorpur Thal and Bhakkar 49, Jacobabad 48, Dadu, Mianwali and Dera Ismail Khan 47 degrees.
The temperature is expected to soar until Thursday (today), but it will help create a vacuum like situation over the plains of Punjab and northern India.
“These conditions invite winds from the Bay of Bengal which result in rainfall,” said an official of the met office. However, under the impact of localized conditions rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas on Thursday and Friday.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department in its seasonal outlook for Pakistan monsoon 2018 said that it is evident from the model output that monsoon which is from July to September is expected to be more active during the first half than the latter.
The prominent features of the report highlight northern Pakistan is expected to face normal to slightly above normal rainfall during first half of the season and below normal during second half.
In southern Pakistan, rainfall is expected to remain near normal during first half of the season, and largely below normal during the second half.
The PMD has stated that the prevailing temperatures in the country indicate high probability of ‘extreme rainfalls’ in Punjab and there are chances of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in Gilgit-Baltistan/Chitral during monsoon season.