Scattered rains likely
Karachi: Spells of scattered monsoon rain are forecast in parts of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhunkhwa, lower Sindh and Azad Kashmir during the current week, the met office said on Tuesday. “However, the trend of subdued monsoon rains would continue in Pakistan till mid of August 2012,” the office said in its fresh weather advisory.
The rapid development of El Nino conditions (i-e, warming of tropical Pacific Ocean) have suppressed monsoon rains over parts of South Asia leading to rain deficiency over Pakistan, the office spokesman said. Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted five to 15 percent above normal monsoon rains during this season but, so far, it has been far from normal, the Met office observed.
“Due to El-Nino conditions, monsoon rainfall activity has significantly enhanced over south-east Asia, and consequently, it has decreased over South Asia. In coming days, more stormy rains are expected at a number of places in South East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and Japan) that will continue submissive monsoon in Pakistan and India,” it added.
During the current summer, the slow snow melt rate and deficient monsoon rains have aggravated the water shortage in Tarbela and Mangla dams. However, some relief from hot/humid weather and water shortage in a few days after scattered rains/thundershowers hit Punjab, Upper parts of Khyber-pakhtunkhwa, Lower Sindh and Azad Kashmir, the office said.