Fourth spell of rain to hit Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab today


KARACHI/QUETTA/LAHORE: The MET Office has forecast heavy rainfall in Sindh, South Punjab and eastern parts of Balochistan from today till Saturday along with a warning of urban flooding for Karachi and Hyderabad.

According to the MET Office, a monsoon low pressure from the Bay of Bengal is likely to approach Sindh today in the evening or night. “Under the influence of this weather system strong monsoon currents are expected to penetrate in Sindh, South Punjab and Eastern Balochistan from Thursday (evening/night) to Saturday,” the MET Office said.

Widespread rain/wind-thundershowers, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tharparker, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allah Yar, Matiyari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Dadu and Shaheed Benazirabad from today till the next three days.

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next 12 hours, while rain-wind-thundershowers are expected in South Punjab, Sindh and eastern Balochistan.

The MET Office has also warned that the heavy downpour may result in urban flooding in Karachi and Hyderabad with around 100 to 130 millimetres of rain expected in Karachi.

Keeping the threat of urban flooding in mind, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) earlier this week enhanced its scope of operations to other parts of Karachi to unclog the city’s nullahs and drains before the fourth spell of rain wreaks havoc in the city.

Karachi MET Director Abdul Qayyum Bhutto, the weather in the city will be very hot and humid today before a strong monsoon system results in heavy rains by evening or night.

The temperature is expected to rise up to 39 to 41 degrees Celsius, with 70-80% humidity. This will be followed by a thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds,” Bhutto said.

He added the maximum temperature recorded in the city on Wednesday was 36.6°C, but due to 65% humidity, it would feel as if the temperature was higher.

“The same conditions will prevail today, as very hot and humid weather is expected the entire day until the rain starts with a thunderstorm and gusty winds”, he added.

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