KARACHI: A severe heatwave will grip entire province of Sindh from May 11-12 and last till May 16, the Met Office predicted.
The maximum temperature in Karachi is expected to rise to 40 degree Celsius from 12-14 May. Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Badin, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts will face scorching temperatures of 43-45 Celsius.
Daytime maximum temperatures would rise to 46-48 degree Celsius in Dadu, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushero Feroze, Khairpur, Shikarpur and Ghotki districts.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had earlier forecast severe heatwave conditions across the country due to the high pressure in upper atmosphere.
The Met Office predicted that high pressure is likely to grip upper atmosphere from Sunday (today). “Due to this high pressure day temperatures are likely to increase gradually in most parts of the country,” it stated.
Daytime temperatures are likely to remain 07-09°C above normal in upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while day temperatures in Upper and Central Sindh, Central and South Punjab and parts of Balochistan are likely to remain 06-08°Celsius above normal.
The Met Office has warned that very hot and dry weather may cause water stress on water reservoirs, crops, vegetable and orchards. The high temperature may cause increased energy demand and increase the base flow in rivers.
The weather department has advised farmers to manage crop water accordingly and advised general public to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight. It also advised judicious use of water in all aspects of life.