The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a weather update and predicted torrential rains across Pakistan as a strong weather system is likely to enter the upper and central parts of the country on Monday.
According to the weather update, the system is likely to cause widespread rain-windstorm / thunderstorm (scattered heavy to very heavy falls) with isolated hailstorm are expected in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Chitral, Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Waziristan), Punjab (Rawalpindi, Murree, Galyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Layyah, D.G Khan, Hafizabad, Faisalabad, M. B Din, T.T Singh, Jhang, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Kasur, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar, Multan ), Kashmir (Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur, Poonch, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian, Muzaffarabad, Neelam Valley), Gilgit Baltistan (Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamar, Hunza, Skardu) and northeast Balochistan (Zhob, Sherani, Musa Khel, Kohlu, Barkhan) from 20th June Monday (evening/night) to 22nd June Wednesday, 2022.
Furthermore, the PMD said that wind thunderstorm is expected in Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Karachi, Dera Bugti, Jaffar Abad, Naseer Abad, Lasbela, and Khuzdar from 21st June (evening/night) to 22nd June, 2022.
PMD stated that heavy falls may trigger land sliding in vulnerable areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galyat, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during the forecast period. The heavy falls may also generate flash flooding in local Nullahs / Rivers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Northeast Balochistan.
Meanwhile, the heavy rainfalls may cause urban flooding in Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Lahore during the forecast period. Moreover, windstorms may damage loose structures of vulnerable locations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
The PMD has advised travelers and tourists to remain extra cautious during the forecast period and avoid unnecessary journey. The concerned authorities have been advised to remain alert and take precautionary measures during the forecast period.