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Karachi faces another spell of sweltering summer

KARACHI: Most parts of Sindh including Karachi and southern parts of Balochistan are expected to undergo a hot to very hot weather spell today.

The temperature in Karachi is likely to reach 40 degrees centigrade and above today, which is expected to drop to 39 degrees centigrade on Wednesday (tomorrow).

As the mercury surged in the metropolis on Monday, the city and provincial authorities geared up efforts to save lives during extreme weather spell which is likely to prevail for the next two days.

Nawabshah and Mithi were the hottest places in Sindh on Monday where maximum temperature recorded 43 degrees Celsius. Hyderabad and Sukkur also experienced hot weather with the mercury touching 42 and 40.5 degrees centigrade, respectively.

The Met Office said that Karachi, like other parts of the province, would experience hot to very hot weather on Tuesday (today) and the maximum temperature would range upto 41 degrees Celsius.

Karachi’s city administration has announced setting up of 12 centres at hospitals for heatstroke patients and the provincial disaster management authority was spearheading contingency plans across Sindh.

Provincial government’s officials have ordered all the hospitals across the province to be on high alert fearing coming three days highly dangerous.

According to doctors, when the “temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius it becomes difficult for the body to cool itself”. This can lead to dehydration, exhaustion, dizziness, and other problems.

The Commissioner Karachi had already asked the K-Electric to ensure minimum load-shedding in the city during the scorching hot days.

In 2015’s heatwave around 1500 people were died across Sindh including around 900 people in Karachi.



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