New Year to bring in fresh wave of cold


KARACHI: A new wave of cold is expected to grip Sindh, northern Balochistan and the rest of the country starting next week, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

Chief Meteorologist Dr Muhammad Hanif on Saturday told media outlets that a fresh system of cold winds will prevail all over the country from New Year day and onwards.

The cold winds will especially affect northern parts of Balochistan, bringing the mercury below freezing point in Quetta and surrounding areas. Cold winds will also prevail over Sindh, Punjab and northern Pakistan, including Gilgit-Baltistan, he said.

Due to mostly dry weather expected in Punjab, the plain areas will experience daily fog for the next 10 days, the official said, advising motorists to be very cautious while driving on the Motorway in foggy conditions.

Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. Foggy conditions are likely to prevail over few plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours, the Met Office said.

Saturday’s lowest minimum temperatures were recorded in Astore (-9°C), Gupis (-07°C), Quetta, Kalam, Hunza (-06°C), Gilgit (-5°C), Dir and Skardu (-04°C).