Anticipated Rain, Wind, and Thunderstorms in Multiple Pakistani Regions
Pakistan, September 18, 2023 – The Pakistan Meteorological Department (Met Office) has issued a weather advisory predicting a series of rain, wind, and thunderstorm events in several regions across the country. These weather conditions are expected to persist from the evening of September 18th to September 21st, with intermittent gaps. The Met Office attributes these meteorological developments to a low-pressure area (LPA) situated over Southeast Rajasthan, India, which is expected to move southwestward over the next 48 hours.
Lower Sindh to Experience Rain and Thunderstorms
Lower Sindh, encompassing areas such as Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, and others, is expected to witness rain, wind, and thunderstorms with varying intensity. The Met Office forecasts moderate to isolated heavy falls in this region. Additionally, areas including Sanghar, Khairpur, Badin, Sajawal, Thatta, Jamshoro, Larkana, Dadu, Karachi, Hyderabad, Naushahro Feroze, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mitayari, Tando Muhammad Khan, and Tando Allah Yar may experience these weather phenomena. Isolated places in Sukkur, Ghotki, Qambar Shahdadkot, Barkhan, Sibbi, Zhob, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, and Awaran are also on alert.
Impacts on Lower Sindh
The Met Office warns that in Thatta, Badin, Sajawal, Umerkot, Tharparkar, and Mirpurkhas, heavy to very heavy falls could potentially inundate low-lying areas from the night of September 18th to September 20th. As a result, farmers are strongly advised to manage their crop-related activities with caution during this period. Furthermore, tourists and travelers are urged to remain vigilant to prevent any unforeseen incidents due to adverse weather conditions. Loose structures, including electric poles and solar panels, are at risk of damage during wind-thunderstorm events. The general public is advised to seek shelter in safe locations to ensure their safety during wind storms, lightning, and heavy rains.
Weather Challenges Extend Beyond Lower Sindh
The weather system is not limited to Lower Sindh alone. Rain, wind, and thunderstorm conditions are expected in other parts of Pakistan as well. These conditions are anticipated in Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Islamabad, North and Eastern Punjab (including Pothohar region, Murree, Galliyat, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal, Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Okara, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, and Bahawalpur), as well as Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (including Dir, Swat, Chitral, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Kohistan, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi, Peshawar, and Kohat) from the evening of September 18th to September 21st, with intermittent gaps.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department is closely monitoring the situation and advising the public to stay updated with weather alerts and take appropriate precautions during this period of adverse weather conditions.