The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said that the weather was expected to remain partly cloudy in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Saturday with chances of thunder showers and gusty winds late at night.
The Met Office had earlier predicted pre-monsoon rains from June 23.
The weather remained hot and dry in the twin cities on Friday, with an occasional clouds hovering in the sky. The twin cities registered the maximum temperature of 41 degrees and 42 degrees Celsius respectively.
According to the Met Office, “weak moist currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating into central parts of the country and a shallow region of low atmospheric pressure in the westerly wave is prevailing in Pakistan’s northern parts”.
The Met also said that a “fresh Western disturbance” was expected in western parts of the country and will reach upper parts on the weekend.
The westerly atmospheric disturbances were likely to bring rain in the twin cities from June 23 to June 25.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2014.