In what can be termed a pleasant surprise and a much-needed respite, weather patterns in most parts of the country continue to provide relief in the holy month of Ramazan, which according to weather pundits will continue in the month of May, too.
Most people in the federal capital, like other parts, had unpacked the warm clothes due to the unexpected rains and cloudy weather at the time when usually hot weather is anticipated. Frequent rains and cloudy weather conditions at the time when they are fasting and spending time praying is a godsend
"It feels like the spring season has been prolonged this year due to which the weather is still a little bit cold especially from evening till night.
We have unpacked the warm clothes to save ourselves and children from the seasonal diseases due to changing weather", Sumaira Naeem, a housewife who lives at F-6/1 said.
Speaking to the media, she said: "The pleasant weather always makes it easier for us to fast and perform our day to day duties alongside. Such weather is no less than a blessing during the month of fasting".
Ilyas Khan, a resident of G-8/1 said: "Although we are restricted to homes for most of the time due to the Covid-19 health risks but still go to a nearby park to have Iftar and walk, taking advantage of the pleasant weather."
He added: "It is unhealthy if we stay all the time at home and avoid walk after having Iftar so we all family members, wear masks and follow all necessary precautions, visit the nearest park in the late evening. when it is less crowded."
Shagufta Shahid, a working woman, said, "We are still confused regarding the weather and l am using mixed clothes of winter and summer. I had packed all the summer stuff before the advent of Ramazan so that I would be able to focus on fasting and praying but had to unpack the warm clothes again due to rain and cold winds at night."
"We have to be extra cautious about the safety of kids during the Covid=19 pandemic in terms of keeping them safe from the seasonal diseases that can be caused due to the cold weather", she said.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Dr Khalid Malik revealed that the cloudy weather with light rain will occur in various parts of the country till Thursday (today) after which there will be a gap and temperatures will rise slightly. However, he said, the weather will be pleasant during the last Ashra of Ramazan and Eidul-Fitr as the rain was likely from the start of May till mid of the month with gaps.
He pointed out that the reason for frequent rains and pleasant weather during April and May is due to the emergence of new weather systems with small gaps which prevent the weather from turning hot and bring the mercury down.
"If there will be a long gap between the weather systems, then the temperatures can find time to rise", he observed.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2021.
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