Parts of Karachi to experience rain with isolated thunderstorms

Parts of Karachi to experience rain with isolated thunderstorms

A view of rain drops on windscreen of car during rain in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 5, 2024. — INP

KARACHI: Residents of the port city may finally get some respite from the heat as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast isolated dust thunderstorms with rain in some areas today (Monday).

The much needed rain is expected to hit the metropolis in the afternoon, bringing an end to the persistent heat spell that has gripped the city in recent weeks.

The Met Office has also predicted the mercury to rise as high as 35°C to 37°C. Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in the last 24 hours was recorded at 31°C.

Winds blowing from the west and southwest are currently measured at 12 kilometres per hour, with humidity levels at 73%, according to PMD.

Despite the anticipated relief brought by the rain, the Met Office warns that the weather is likely to remain hot and humid in the next 24 hours, coupled with stormy conditions.

Additionally, the meteorology department has indicated that these stormy conditions may persist into tomorrow.

Rain emergency imposed

The Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) of Karachi, ahead of the upcoming monsoon spell, imposed rain emergency in areas falling under its jurisdictionon Saturday by appointing special teams for timely drainage of rainwater.

A CBC spokesperson said in a statement 1,288 staffers have been appointed on special duties under its rain emergency plan, including 638 in seven sectors while 650 other staffers will work for the drainage of rainwater.

The board also spotted low-lying areas which could be affected after downpours. Special teams have been assigned for performing specific tasks in DHA Phase-I to Phase VIII, Clifton Block 8, 9 and the market area.

It added that heavy machinery would be deployed in the affected areas, whereas, additional teams would be deployed at commercial avenues of Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Khayaban-e-Shehbaz, Khayaban-e-Badar and Khayaban-e-Tariq.

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