Pakistan Meteorological Office (PMD) has issued an alert predicting an increase in monsoon rains across Pakistan during the coming week.
According to their announcement, monsoon currents originating from the Arabian Sea are expected to move into the upper and central parts of the country starting from the night of July 18th. These currents are projected to intensify on July 19th.
Under the influence of these weather systems, various regions will experience specific weather conditions. Rain, wind, and thunderstorms with heavy falls are anticipated in several areas, including Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, and many other districts.
These conditions will persist from the night of July 18th until July 23rd, with intermittent breaks. Additionally, rain and wind-thundershowers are expected in Barkhan, Loralai, Kalat, Khuzdar, Zhob, and several other districts from the night of July 19th to July 21st, also with occasional breaks.
Dust-thunderstorm/rain, accompanied by isolated heavy falls, is likely in Tharparkar, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, and other districts from the evening/night of July 19th to July 23rd. Similarly, dust-thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected in Shaheed Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Sanghar, and other districts from July 20th to July 22nd, also with occasional breaks.
The impacts of these weather conditions have been outlined, with heavy rain posing a risk of urban flooding in low-lying areas of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujranwala, and Lahore from the night of July 18th until July 22nd.
There is also a possibility of landslides in vulnerable areas such as Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and hilly regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during this period.
Farmers have been advised to consider the weather forecast when managing their activities, while tourists and travelers are urged to exercise caution to avoid any potential difficulties during this wet spell.
Furthermore, loose structures such as electric poles and solar panels may be damaged by dust storms and wind thunderstorms. The general public is advised to seek shelter in safe places during wind storms and heavy rains.
All concerned authorities have been advised to remain alert and take necessary precautionary measures throughout the forecast period.