The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a weather forecast predicting rain accompanied by thundershowers in various parts of the country, including Karachi, from September 18 (today) to September 20.
According to the Met Office, a low-pressure area (LPA) is situated southeast of Rajasthan, India, and is expected to move southwestwards over the next 48 hours. As a result of this weather system, the following regions are likely to experience rain with wind and thundershowers, with moderate to isolated heavy rainfall:
- Naushahro Feroze
- Shaheed Benazirabad
- Tando Muhammad Khan
- Tando Allah Yar
Additionally, isolated areas in the following regions are also expected to witness rain from September 18 (evening/night) to September 20:
The PMD’s forecast also includes the expectation of rain, wind, and thunderstorms in the following areas during the specified period:
- Gilgit Baltistan
- North & Eastern Punjab (Pothohar region, Murree, Galliyat, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal, Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Okara, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur)
- Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Dir, Swat, Chitral, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Kohistan, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi, Peshawar, Kohat)
The weather conditions are expected to persist from the evening or night of September 18 to September 21, with occasional gaps.
Impacts and Advisories
The PMD has advised that heavy to isolated rainfall may lead to flooding in low-lying areas of Thatta, Badin, Sajawal, Umerkot, Tharparkar, and Mirpurkhas during the period from September 18 to 20.
Farmers are urged to manage their crop-related activities accordingly, and tourists are advised to exercise caution to avoid any unforeseen circumstances during this weather event.
The PMD also warned that wind-thunderstorms may cause damage to loose structures such as electric poles and solar panels. The general public is advised to seek shelter in safe places during windstorms, lightning, and heavy rains.
All relevant authorities are advised to remain vigilant and take necessary precautionary measures during the forecasted period to mitigate potential risks and ensure public safety.