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March 11, 2019

Karachi receives light showers


March 11, 2019

The weather turned pleasant in Karachi on Sunday afternoon due to light to moderate showers in different parts of the city under the influence of a Western weather system that is causing rains and snowfall in Balochistan, said the Met Office.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had predicted light rain in the city for Sunday and their forecast came true when clouds covered the skyline in the afternoon, following which light to moderate rain turned the weather pleasant in different areas.

A brief but strong spell of rain around the National Stadium Karachi, where the Pakistan Super League’s matches are being played, resulted in accumulation of rainwater inside and outside the stadium.

This forced the Pakistan Cricket Board’s administration as well as the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to deploy their staff and machinery to get it cleared before the start of the match scheduled for the evening.

The pitch of the National Stadium was immediately covered, but the outfield became wet following the light rain. The authorities said they were taking measures to ensure that the scheduled matches are held according to the initial plan.

People from different parts of the city, including Landhi, Korangi, Defence and Clifton, reported brief but heavy showers that caused inundation of roads and accumulation of rainwater in low-lying areas, while Surjani Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar and Sohrab Goth also received a good amount of rainfall.

An official of the Met Office said Landhi received the highest amount of rainfall, which was 4.5 millimetres, followed by Surjani, where 3.6mm of rain was recorded. The Model Observatory at Gulistan-e-Jauhar recorded 1.3mm of rain, while the PAF Base Masroor, Saddar and Nazimabad each received a millimetre of rain. Some parts of the city received only traces of rain that could not be measured. PMD officials said that for the moment the rain causing system has moved away from the city and the weather will remain dry and moderate with the minimum temperature ranging between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.

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