Monsoon’ final spell from Friday, predicts PMD

LAHORE: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted that the final monsoon spell in the country including Punjab was likely to start from Friday, which may cause significant drop in temperature.

A report issued by PMD on Thursday stated that a westerly wave has entered the upper parts of the country, and under the influence of the weather system, rain-wind/thunderstorm with hailstorm at isolated places was expected in Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur and Sheikhupura on Friday and Saturday. Also, rain-dust-thunderstorm was expected in Layyah, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Okara, Pakpattan, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar during the next two days.

Wind-thunderstorm may damage loose structures like electric poles, solar panels, billboards etc., and temperatures were likely to drop significantly.

Farmers were advised to manage their crop activities accordingly while tourists and travelers were advised to remain cautious to avoid any untoward situation during the period.

Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Imran Qureshi has also issued an alert to all departments concerned for making appropriate arrangements to meet any emergency.

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