Pakistan Likely to Witness Intense Heatwave Conditions This Week!


by Omama Anwar

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The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PDM) has issued a crucial weather advisory, cautioning the public about the likelihood of heatwave-like conditions across various regions of the country throughout the upcoming week. This heatwave is likely to happen because of the high pressure prevailing in the atmosphere. As a result, day temperatures are expected to gradually rise and can pose potential risks to human health and well-being. 


During this period, upper and central Punjab, Islamabad, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Kashmir are anticipated to witness day temperatures ranging from four to six degrees Celsius above the normal average. 

Similarly, Sindh, South Punjab, and parts of Balochistan are likely to experience temperatures two to four degrees Celsius higher than usual.

In addition to the scorching temperatures, the PMD advisory also highlights the possibility of occasional dust/thunderstorms accompanied by isolated pockets of rain in both the plains and hilly areas. 

While these intermittent showers may provide temporary relief, it is vital to remain cautious and prepared for the prevailing heatwave conditions.

Heatwaves can have severe health implications, and individuals must be aware of the associated symptoms. Some common signs of heat-related illnesses include excessive sweating, dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, and even heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. 

Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children, pregnant women, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of heat waves.