The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more monsoon rains across Pakistan from 12th July 2023 in the latest weather update. According to the details, the Met Office informed that monsoon currents from Arabian sea are likely to penetrate in upper and central parts of the country from 12th July (evening) which are likely to intensify on 14th July.
A westerly wave is expected to enter upper parts on 14th July (evening / night). Under the influence of the weather system, rain/wind-thundershower (with few heavy falls) is expected in Kashmir, (Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur), Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Kasur and Okara from 12th (evening/night) to 17th July with occasional gaps.
Furthermore, the weather update states that rain/wind-thundershower (with few heavy falls) is expected in Gilgit Baltistan (Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar), Chitral, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Kohat, D.I Khan, Bannu, Karak, Waziristan, Mianwali, Khusab, Sargodha, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh from 13th (evening/night) to 17th July with occasional gaps.
Moreover, there are chances of rain/wind-thundershower in Barkhan, Loralai, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, Lasbella, Awaran, Musakhel, D.G khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Nagarparkar, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sanghar, Mirpur Khas from 14th (evening/night to 16th July.
Possible Impacts and Advises:
- Heavy rain may cause urban flooding in low lying areas of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Lahore from 14th to 17th July and may trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the period.
- Farmers are advised to manage their activities keeping in view the weather forecast
- Tourists and travelers are advised to remain extra cautious to avoid any untoward situation during the wet spell.
- Dust storm/wind-thunderstorm may damage loose structures like electric poles, solar panels.
- General public is advised to stay at safe places during wind-storm/heavy rains
The PMD has advised all concerned authorities to remain alert and take precautionary measures during the forecast period.