Chance of heat wave to hit Karachi today: PMD

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday forecast the chances of a heatwave as the mercury is expected to rise to 40°C in the metropolis.
PMD Chief Sardar Sarfraz said that due to the suspension of sea breeze, a mild heatwave is likely to grip the city and its outskirts over the next two days.
He said that the mercury touched 38°C in Karachi on Monday, though the Met Office had predicted a moderate heatwave in the city from Sunday. “No change of wind flow had occurred in the city, the temperature remained less than 40°C, but due to high humidity, which was 62 percent, it felt like the temperature was very high,” he added.
The Met Department has alerted all the health facilities in the city regarding the expected heatwave so that they may make the necessary arrangements. 
According to the experts, citizens should avoid going outside between 11 am to 4 pm. During this time, the temperature and high humidity can result in sunstroke, especially to those who are elderly and fasting.
Last year, Karachi witnessed a series of heatwaves that saw residents avoiding venturing out during afternoon hours and remaining indoors. The city has been facing consecutive heatwaves for the past two years in particular.

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