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Met office predicts rainy weather in Eid holidays

ISLAMABAD: After a long hot and dry weather spell in the country, the Met-Office has forecast rainy weather from Saturday, during the Eid holidays.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in a statement informed that pre-monsoon rain is likely to start from the weekend in the country. Moist currents will start to penetrate on Friday and rain is expected in the country.

Rain-thundershower with gusty winds or duststorm is expected at scattered places 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 country on Wednesday which was the hottest day of the season in Lahore.

Maximum temperature on Wednesday was 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 move up further on 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 localised conditions rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas on Thursday and Friday.

Monsoon weather outlook

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 second one.

The salient 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 said that the prevailing temperatures and trend 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.

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