The Met Office has forecast a severe heatwave which is likely to grip Karachi. It will start in the upcoming week between May 1 and May 3.
A heatwave alert has been posted on the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) website for the first three days of May. Maximum temperatures during the day will range from 40 to 42 degrees Celsius. Wind flows will be from the north/northwest.
PMD Director Sardar Sarfaraz explained the reason behind this heatwave. It is due to the influence of the westerly system causing rains in Balochistan and the northern areas in April, Karachi had experienced south-west winds.
However, the winds had considerably reduced, Sarfaraz said. He added that the southwesterly wind flow had reduced and the northwesterly wind flow had increased, as a result of which temperatures would go up.
According to the Met Office, Karachi will see maximum temperatures of 38-40°C on Monday.
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Earlier in March, an official of the Met department had said the city was to face extreme weather conditions for the next three days. The mercury could soar up to 39°C due to the halt in the sea breeze and change in wind direction.