Pakistan is experiencing another heatwave as temperatures are being recorded six to eight degrees Celsius above normal. The current heatwave in Pakistan threatens the health of millions of people as well as put standing crops, vegetable and orchards at risk of water shortage.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the daytime temperatures in Pakistan will remain higher than normal during the week due to the ongoing heatwave. The daytime temperature in Upper and Central Sindh, Central and South Punjab, and Balochistan will remain up to six to eight degrees Celsius higher than normal during the week.
Meanwhile, day temperature in Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir will remain five to seven degrees Celsius above normal. Therefore, the Meteorological Department has directed the farmers to take appropriate measures to irrigate the crops according to weather conditions and authorities concerned to protect the people from the heatwave.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also issued a heatwave alert in Pakistan and directed Provincial DMAs, State DMAs, Gilgit-Baltistan DMA, and ICT administration to ensure precautionary measures, alert medical services, and rescue departments to maintain requisite facilities such as heat stroke centres.
- Take cool showers or baths
- Wear loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing
- if you’re outside, find shade and cover your head
- Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated
- Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, during midday heat, if possible
- Watch for heat stroke symptoms mentioned below
Signs of Heat Stroke
- Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F) taken orally
- Red, hot and dry skin with no sweat
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness