close
Thursday April 18, 2024

Heavy rain, thunderstorms likely to hit Karachi from Feb 29

Met Office advises tourists not to travel unnecessarily

By M. Waqar Bhatti
February 27, 2024
Commuters are facing difficulties in transportation due to stagnant rainwater due to poor sewerage system caused by heavy downpours of monsoon season, located at Nagan Chowrangi area in Karachi on Monday, July 24, 2023. — PPI
Commuters are facing difficulties in transportation due to stagnant rainwater due to poor sewerage system caused by heavy downpours of monsoon season, located at Nagan Chowrangi area in Karachi on Monday, July 24, 2023. — PPI

Karachiites should brace themselves for another cold wave as heavy rainfall coupled with wind and thunderstorms is likely to hit the port city from February 29, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Tuesday.

In its weather forecast, the Met Office said that most parts of the country are expected to receive torrential rainfall from Thursday, which is likely to continue till March 2.

A strong westerly wave is likely to approach western parts on February 29 and may grip most parts of the country on March 1, the weather department said, adding that the wave may persist for two days.

In Sindh, heavy rain coupled with wind and thunderstorms is expected in Karachi, Sukkur, Larkana, Dadu, Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Thatta, and other cities on February 29 and March 1 under the weather system. Isolated hailstorm is also likely during the period, said the PMD.

In Balochistan, widespread heavy rain with wind and thunderstorms is expected in Quetta, Chaman, Pishin, Qila Abdullah Qila Saifullah, and other areas on February 29 and March 1, the weather department added.

Heavy to extremely heavy widespread rain coupled with thunderstorms is expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Peshawar, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Abbottabad Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, and other areas from February 29 to March 3.

Different parts of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Kashmir are also expected to experience heavy to extremely heavy widespread rain with windstorms and snowfall during the period.

In Punjab, widespread heavy rain with windstorms is expected in Lahore, Murree, Galliyat, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat and other areas.

Heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding

The Met Office warned that the heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding in local nullahs of Balochistan and Dera Ghazi Khan on February 29 and March 1.

Heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding in hill torrents of KP, Kashmir, Murree, Galliyat, and local nullahs of Islamabad on March 1 and 2.

It further warned that the heavy rain and snowfall may cause the closure of roads in Murree, Galiyat, Naran, Kaghan, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Shangla, Astore, Hunza, Skardu and Neelum valley during the period.

The weatherman advised the tourists not to travel unnecessarily during the period.

In addition to this, the PMD asked all the authorities concerned to remain alert and take necessary measures to avoid any untoward situation during the forecast period.