Rains likely during holidays: monsoon currents penetrate upper Pakistan
The Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted widespread rains in upper parts of the country during Eid holidays, raising hopes of increasing water flow in four live rivers that decreased to dangerously low levels.
In a special advisory, the Met Office predicted rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy falls over upper parts of the country between Sunday and Wednesday.
Rain is expected in Islamabad, Hazara division, upper parts of Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions) and Azad Kashmir during Eid holidays.
Met Office’s spokesperson Dr Muhammad Hanif said that fresh monsoon currents are likely to penetrate upper parts of the country from Sunday that would cause widespread rains over upper parts of the country over the next 3-4 days. Scattered heavy showers are also expected over Azad Kashmir and adjoining areas of north-eastern Punjab during the same period, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In its daily weather report, the Met Office said that a seasonal low was lying over Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending south-east wards.
FORECAST FOR TODAY (MONDAY)
Scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy rainfalls is expected over Kashmir, Hazara, Islamabad/Rawalpindi , Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions. Hot and humid weather is likely elsewhere in the country
FORECAST FOR NEXT 48 HOURS
Widespread rain-thundershower with isolated heavy rainfalls is expected over Azad Kashmir, Hazara,
Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions.
WEATHER PAST 24 HOURS
Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, light rain occurred at Islamabad and its adjoining areas.
In Lahore, the maximum temperature was 37.3°C and minimum 28.5°C with 85 percent humidity in the morning and 58 percent in the evening.
All the major rivers are flowing below low flood level and running water supply in the rivers has substantially decreased during past six days.
According to Flood Forecasting Centre’s data, 167,000 cusecs water is flowing in river Indus at Tarbela, 204.000 cusecs at Kalabagh, 183,000 cusecs at Taunsa, 161,500 cusecs at Guddu, 93,400 cusecs at Sukkur and 44,000 cusecs at Kotri barrage. About 5,100 cusecs water is being discharged into the Indus Delta.
The FFC said that the water flow in River Kabul has decreased to 29,000 cusecs and in River Jhelum to 21,000 cusecs. River Chenab is contributing 67,000 cusecs of water which is supplied to central and south Punjab.