Pakistan weather forecast: A severe heatwave is expected next week

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecasted another round of scorching temperatures for the coming week, urging people to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight and to use water wisely.

According to the Met Office, high pressure is expected to dominate the upper atmosphere starting Sunday, causing day temperatures to steadily rise in most parts of the country.

Day temperatures in upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Kashmir are likely to remain 07-09°C above normal, while day temperatures in upper and central Sindh, central and south Punjab, and parts of Balochistan are likely to remain 06-08°C above normal, according to the PMD’s advisory.

Extremely hot and dry weather, according to the PMD, can create water stress in reservoirs, crops, vegetables, and orchards, as well as increased energy consumption.

“High temperatures may increase the base flow in the rivers during the next week,” the Met Office added and advised farmers to manage crop water accordingly.

It’s worth noting that the country has been having extremely hot weather for the past two months, March and April. According to The News, April 2022 was the hottest month in the previous 61 years.

“Both the months of March and April this year remained the warmest months in the history of Pakistan. In March, we have witnessed the hottest night in Karachi since 1961 when the temperature remained 29.4 degrees Celsius while in April, a minimum temperature of 28.5 degrees Celsius was recorded on April 29, 2022”, an official of the PMD said.