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NDMA cautions of three heatwaves expected in Pakistan within the next 25 days

NDMA cautions of three heatwaves expected in Pakistan within the next 25 days

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued alarming forecasts indicating that Pakistan is bracing for three consecutive heatwaves across various cities within the next 25 days.

The initial heatwave, as projected by the NDMA, is expected to impact regions such as Umarkot, Tharparkar, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, and Sanghar in Sindh, as well as Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan in south Punjab. Spanning two to three days between May 15 and 30, temperatures in these areas could skyrocket to 40°C, intensifying the scorching heat.

The NDMA’s report highlights a second heatwave forecasted to persist for four to five days in late May or early June, with temperatures potentially soaring to 45°C. Furthermore, the NDMA anticipates a third heatwave within the initial ten days of June, impacting regions including Tharparkar, Umarkot, Sanghar, Badin, and Khairpur.

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On May 8, the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) sounded the alarm about escalating temperatures expected to culminate in a heatwave across the province. The mercury was forecasted to rise by three to five °C from May 8 to 10, with substantial rainfall predicted in south Punjab from May 10 to 11. Thunderstorms were also expected in numerous districts of Punjab during this period.

In light of the impending heatwave and heavy rainfall, PDMA Director General Irfan Kathia urged caution and emphasized the threat posed to crops by thunderstorms. He informed that district administrations were briefed about the imminent weather conditions, underscoring the need for preparedness and proactive measures to mitigate potential risks.