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Pakistan braces for sweltering hot weather

Situation is expected to improve in first week of June
Youths cool off in a canal during a hot summer day in Karachi on May 14, 2022. AFP
Youths cool off in a canal during a hot summer day in Karachi on May 14, 2022. AFP

Many parts of Pakistan are likely to see rising temperatures next week as the Pakistan Meteorological Department issued a warning of severe heatwave conditions in Sindh, including Karachi, and the possibility of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in parts of Punjab.

The country is currently experiencing an intense heatwave. The Met Office has forecast that the heatwave will continue across most parts of the country, with temperatures gradually rising and the possibility of exceeding 50 degrees Celsius in some parts over the next 10 days.

While the situation is expected to improve somewhat in the first week of June, Karachi is likely to fare better compared to the rest of the country, with temperatures ranging between 33 and 40 degrees Celsius.

The weather in Karachi on Sunday (today) will remain hot and humid, with humidity levels reaching 70% and winds blowing at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour from the southwest, according to the PMD’s daily forecast.

The PMD has also stated that the temperature in the city could reach between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave has raised concerns about the impact on public health and the potential strain on the power grid due to increased demand for cooling. Authorities have urged the public to take necessary precautions and stay hydrated during this challenging period.

Earlier this week, the capital administration shortened the school timings in Islamabad due to predicted heatwave conditions.

School hours in Islamabad will be adjusted to run from 7:30am to 1pm from May 20, according to the education secretary.

Following this, schools in Punjab also decided to operate for five and a half hours five days a week.

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In a notification, the provincial government said that the new timings would be in effect from May 18 to May 31.

From Monday to Thursday and Saturday, the schools would operate from 7am to 11:30am. The educational institutions would operate from 7am to 10:30am on Friday.

Summer vacations in all schools in the province will commence on June 1 and conclude on August 14, the Punjab government said.

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