Met Office forecasts countrywide rainstorms from Monday

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted countrywide torrential rain beginning on Monday due to a strong weather system moving towards the country’s upper and central regions.

PMD predicts that the weather system will persist till Wednesday evening. The National Disaster Management Authority also issued a similar advisory, stating that it has instructed agencies to undertake rain-emergency measures to avert any unfortunate incidents during the rainfall.

Widespread thundershowers are expected in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa comprising Chitral, Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, and Waziristan.

The advisory said that Punjab, including Rawalpindi, Murree, Galya, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Hafizabad, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Kasur, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar and Multan would also receive heavy rainfall from Monday night to Wednesday.

Similarly, widespread rainfall with isolated hailstorms is anticipated in Kashmir, including Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur, Poonch, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian, Muzaffarabad, and Neelum Valley; Gilgit Baltistan, including Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamir, Hunza, and Skardu; and northeast Balochistan, including Zhob, Sherani, Mus Khel, Kohlu, and

From Tuesday evening through Wednesday, rainfall is also anticipated in Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Karachi, Dera Bugti, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Lasbela, and Khuzdar.

Met Office warned that rainfall could cause landslides in the vulnerable Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan.

The Met Office warned that heavy rains could cause flash flooding in small nullahs or rivers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and Northeast Balochistan.

“Travelers and tourists should take extra precautions and avoid unnecessary journeys during the predicted period.”

The Met Office stated that all relevant agencies had been instructed to stay alert and take preventive steps during the forecast period.