Heavy spell of monsoon rains likely in most parts of country: PMD

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast rain and thundershower in Kashmir, Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and northeastern Balochistan from Thursday (today).

The Met office warned that heavy rainfall may generate urban flooding in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala from July 20-23. It said scattered heavy falls are likely in Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, upper Punjab and upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The rainfall may trigger landslides in Kashmir, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamir, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore and Skardu during the forecast period. In Islamabad, cloudy weather with rain/thundershower (with scattered heavy falls) is expected.

In Punjab, rain/thundershower is expected in most districts of the province. While, heavy rainfalls are likely in Rawalpindi, Galiyat, Murree, Jhelum, Attock, Chakwal, Gujarat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Narowal, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Jhang, Okara, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Lahore.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, rain/thundershower is expected in most districts of the province. However, heavy falls are likely in Dir, Swat, Balakot, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Peshawar, Kurram, Kohat, Bannu and Lakki Marwat.

In Sindh, hot and humid weather is likely to prevail over most districts of the province. However, light rain may occur in coastal areas.

In Balochistan, hot and humid weather is expected in most districts of the province. However, rain-wind/thundershower is likely in Barkhan, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Musa Khel, Sherani, Ziarat, Loralai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Sibbi, Bolan, Kohlu, Zhob and surrounding areas.

In Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, rain/thundershower (with scattered heavy falls) is expected in most places of Kashmir (Bhimbar, Kotli, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian Bala, Muzaffarabad, and Neelam Valley).

Partly cloudy weather with rain-wind/thundershower is expected in Gilgit Baltistan (Diamir, Astore, Ghizer and Kharmang).

During the past 24 hours, hot and humid weather prevailed over most parts of the country.

However, rain/thundershower occurred in upper Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir, north Balochistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.

The rainfall recorded was Punjab: Sialkot (City 48mm, Airport 03), Narowal 37, Gujrat 19, Islamabad (Saidpur 11, Zero Point 02, Bokra, Golra 01), Rawalpindi (Chaklala 05, Shamsabad 02), Murree 06, Mandi Bahauddin 01, Balochistan: Ziarat 23, Pishin 16, Mustang 06, Kashmir: Muzaffarabad (City 21, Airport 16), Kotli 19, Garhi Dupatta 02, Gilgit-Baltistan: Bunji 03, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Kakul 03 and Saidu Sharif 01mm.

The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the period were Chillas, Nokundi 46C and Dalbandin 44C.

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