This past Saturday, different regions of Pakistan, including the twin cities and Lahore, experienced varying rainfall intensities. This sudden downpour led to urban flooding and frequent power outages, disrupting everyday life for many citizens. In particular, Muharram processions faced substantial difficulties due to rainwater inundation on their routes in different cities. Fortunately, relevant departments were proactive in draining the flooded routes.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicts the current wet spell will persist intermittently for the next few days. Rain-wind/thundershowers with isolated heavy falls were reported in Islamabad, Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, and upper Sindh.
Rainfall Stats and Hottest Region
Diverse regions of Punjab, Kashmir, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan recorded significant rainfall. Nokkundi topped the temperature chart, with the mercury rising to a sizzling 45 degrees Celsius.
Synoptic Situation and Predicted Weather Patterns
Monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea are infiltrating the upper regions of Pakistan, coupled with a westerly wave over the country’s upper and central parts. These weather conditions are expected to trigger rain-wind/thundershowers in regions like Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Balochistan, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday evening or night. Moreover, heavy falls are anticipated in northeast Balochistan and central/south Punjab.
The weather is expected to turn hot and humid on Sunday across most of the country. However, scattered showers are predicted in specific regions.
Impact of Heavy Rains
The heavy rains may trigger floods in the local nullahs of Dera Ghazi Khan, northeast and south Balochistan. Urban flooding may occur in low-lying areas and local nullahs of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and other regions. The wet spell may also initiate landslides in vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and the hilly regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In conclusion, citizens are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and take necessary precautions to avoid mishaps due to the ongoing rainy spell.