PMD Forecasts Excessive Monsoon Rains

Thu May 30 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Amidst prevailing heatwave conditions in most cities, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecasted immoderate monsoon rains across the country from June to August. While this forecast may bring relief from scorching temperatures, it also raises concerns about potential flash floods.

According to the PMD, there is a likelihood of usual and above-normal rains in most areas this year, with central and northern Punjab expected to receive excessive downpours. Southern Sindh and Balochistan are also at risk of heavy rainfall, while Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan are anticipated to experience average rainfall.

The PMD predicts heavier rainfall in the first phase of the monsoon compared to the second phase. A shallow westerly wave is expected to affect upper parts of the country on May 28, potentially bringing relief from severe heatwave conditions.

The forecast comes amidst severe hot weather conditions, with temperatures soaring above 40°C in many cities. The PMD suggests that if it rains, the heatwave conditions may subside in upper parts, while central and southern regions, particularly Punjab and Sindh, are likely to experience temperatures 3°C to 4°C above normal.

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