Torrential rain comes close to breaking records


After warnings of severe weather by the Met Office, the highest rainfall of the season was recorded in the provincial capital on Monday. The Met Office said it rained 131 millimetres on the Upper Mall, 124mm in the airport area, 116mm in Misri Shah and 110mm in Pani Wala Talab.
The highest recorded rainfall in the city was recorded back in 1976 when it 185mm of rain fell, but Monday’s downpour was definitely one of the heaviest recorded in the last few decades. The fifth spell of the current monsoon season has begun, and it is due to continue for the next few days in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Met Office said scattered rains with thundershowers also occurred with isolated heavy rainfall in Islamabad, Okara, DI Khan, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, Kohat, Malakand and Hazara divisions, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
The Met Office also warned of expected medium to high flooding in Deg, Palku, Bhed, Hasri and Basantar nullahs today (Tuesday), and warned that certain areas of Narowal, Sialkot and Gujrat districts might be inundated.
It said isolated rain and thundershowers were also expected in eastern Sindh on Tuesday. According to the Met Office, the monsoon is likely to remain active in Pakistan during the second and third week of August. During the active phase of the monsoon season, two or three strong weather systems are expected to approach Pakistan, producing widespread rains and thundershowers at a number of areas in the country.
Meanwhile, the highest temperature in the country was recorded in Dalbadain, where the mercury touched 48 degrees Celsius. A relative humidity of 100 percent was recorded on Monday evening.
Temperatures in the city fell after the torrential rain throughout Monday morning, with 26 degrees Celsius recorded as the highest temperature. The expected maximum temperature on Tuesday is 31 to 33 degrees Celsius.