Pre-monsoon rains to bring respite from scorching heat by mid-June

Met office predicts 2 to 3 degree increase in temperatures across Pakistan in first half of June


Sehrish Wasif June 02, 2018
Met office says pre-monsoon rains will begin in the country by mid-June which will bring down the temperature two to four degrees. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: After bearing intense heat in the first half of June, weather in Pakistan is likely to get wetter before it gets better in the second half of the month.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that intense heat is likely to prevail across the country including its northern areas in the first half of June and temperatures may increase further two to three degrees in the upcoming week.

However, by the end of the second week of June, pre-monsoon rains will begin in the country which will bring down the temperature two to four degrees.

Meanwhile, mercury in most parts of the country will fluctuate between 40 and 50 degrees centigrade and above from June 3 to June 10.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune, Met office spokesperson Khalid Mahmood Malik said that it is expected that mercury will further rise two to three degrees across the country in the coming week. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are also expected to witness 44 degrees heat in coming week, he said.

“This year Pakistan is experiencing hottest summer as compared to previous years as temperature remained above two to three degrees than normal,” he said.

In May, the highest temperature in Pakistan was recorded at 51 degree centigrade in Mohenjo Daro, Jacobabad, Dadu and Turbat followed by 50 degree centigrade in Larkana, Sukkur among others. Meanwhile, Karachi’s temperature also equaled to the temperature recorded in the city in May 1981 which was 46 degree centigrade.

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However, chances are high that pre-monsoon will begin by the end of the second week of June (from June 10 onwards) and the country will have two to three spells of “good showers in the month which will bring respite from the intense heat,” said Malik. He said that it is expected that it will rain during last few days of the holy month of Ramzan as the entire month has gone hot and dry so far.

“There are good chances that it may rain in most parts of the country during Eid holidays,” he said.

Malik further said that this year, the southern half of the country experienced slightly higher temperatures than normal compared to the other half.

“Therefore, due to this difference in temperatures, it is expected that the country will have good pre-monsoon rains after mid of June,” he said.

Malik said that it is also expected that the pre-monsoon showers in the catchment areas will also help to improve water level in Mangla and Terbela dams, the two major water reservoirs of the country, which have already reached at dead level.

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