Met department forecasts heatwave from today


The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Thursday issued its first warning about a possible heatwave that is expected to strike the coastal city in coming days.

According to the meteorological department, Karachi is likely to witness an increase in the intensity in temperature. Day temperature will gradually increase on Friday (today), ranging from 38°C to 40°C, and is predicted to continue till Sunday.

Sea breeze will temporarily stop blowing and it will start attaining normal level from Wednesday next week.

Meanwhile, warm and dry air from North and North-West will move toward Karachi, the met department said, adding that the Sindh government and the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) have been informed about it.

The met department also advised people to take precautions while going out during April 22-24. The director health services imposed emergency in all KMC-administered hospitals.

All hospitals in the city have been advised to mobilize their heatstroke wards.

The brutal heatwave last summer claimed over 1,000 lives. It had coincided with the holy month of Ramzan, drastically increasing the number of heatstroke victims.