Hottest day so far: Heat wave claims five lives as Pakistan swelters

Published: June 20, 2015
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Men bathe from a public tap in Hyderabad on Saturday to beat the heat. PHOTO: INP

Men bathe from a public tap in Hyderabad on Saturday to beat the heat. PHOTO: INP

QUETTA / KARACHI: At least five people died owing to sweltering temperatures on what was perhaps the hottest day of the year so far for Pakistan with the mercury rising to as high as 49 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

In Sibbi, where the temperature rose to 49 degrees Celsius, Bhawal Khan died while five others fell unconscious owing to the heat.

The heat wave also claimed the lives of four children in Tharparkar, a local health official confirmed. District Larkana too saw the temperature soar to 49 degrees Celsius.

According to the meteorological office of the province, the heat wave saw the mercury rise to 44 degrees Celsius in Dalbandin and Nokundi, 46 in Lasbella, 45 in Turbat, 40 in Panjgur, 40 in Pasni and 39 degrees Celsius in Quetta.

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Weather in other provinces followed suit with 48 degrees Celsius in Sukkur, 44.8 in Karachi, 47 in Bhakkar, Kot Addu and Lasbella, 46 in Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalpur, 40 in Peshawar, 44 in Multan, 43 in Hyderabad and 41 degrees Celsius in Faisalabad, reported Pakistan Meteorological Department.

On the other hand, rains offered much needed respite in Swabi and Haripur where heavy showers amid strong winds provided welcome relief, while Dera Ismael Khan witnessed some drizzle and moderate winds.

Moreover, reports suggested Upper Punjab, Lower Sindh, Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu would receive pre-monsoon rains amid lightning and winds during the next week or so.

Temperatures and humidity in last 24 hours

Cities

Min-Temp

(Today)

Max-Temp

(Today)

R-H

(Evening)

Precipitation mm (last 24 hrs)

Abbottabad

20

33

34

NIL

Badin

30

41

42

NIL

Bahawalpur

33

45

37

NIL

Bannu

26

45

63

01

Chitral

22

33

26

NIL

Dera Ghazi Khan

30

45

35

NIL

Dera Ismail Khan

28

45

43

NIL

Faisalabad

31

41

38

NIL

Gawadar

27

39

61

NIL

Gilgit

15

32

30

Trace

Gujranwala

27

38

53

NIL

Hunza

16

28

28

Trace

Hyderabad

29

43

32

NIL

Islamabad

27

39

45

NIL

Jacobabad

31

48

22

NIL

Jhelum

31

40

39

NIL

Kalat

08

31

22

NIL

Karachi

32

45

45

NIL

Khuzdar

27

40

09

NIL

Kohat

30

42

63

Trace

Lahore

29

39

47

NIL

Larkana

30

48

24

NIL

M.B.Din

29

40

50

NIL

Multan

32

44

23

NIL

Murree

18

27

57

NIL

Muzaffarabad

23

36

35

NIL

Parachinar

25

36

69

NIL

Peshawar

29

40

45

NIL

Quetta

25

39

24

NIL

Rawalpindi

29

40

45

NIL

Sahiwal

31

42

41

NIL

Sargodha

29

42

38

NIL

Shaheed Benazirabad

28

45

32

NIL

Sialkot

27

37

42

NIL

Sibbi

26

49

29

NIL

Sukkur

31

48

28

NIL

Turbat

30

45

28

NIL

Zhob

21

40

24

NIL

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Reader Comments (2)

  • realistically
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:18AM

    Whats will all that whining? During fateless Zardari raaj, Lahore was facing 18 hours of load shedding. Even Shehbala Sharif sat a tent protest. We however did not give it a provincial color. Need I remind fellows that Lahore’s share of electricity was stolen and offered to KESC on silver platter?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:33AM

    Our mullahs need to come up with a better strategy for coping with fasting in such weather.Recommend

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