Islamabad, 29 June 2022 (TDI): Pakistan Meteorological Department informed that the moist currents from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal are expected to approach the upper portions of the country on Wednesday, 29 June.

It is expected that they may increase and spread to southern areas of the country by the end of this week.

Rain-windstorm/thunderstorms are forecasted in Islamabad, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, and other locations.

It includes other cities as well, which are Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Sargodha, Hafizabad, M. B Din, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sheikhupura.

From June 30 to July 4, Faisalabad, Jhang, T.T Singh, Okara, Sahiwal, and Bahawalnagar will be closed. During this time, isolated heavy rains are also expected.

From the 1st to the 5th of July, rain-windstorm/thundershowers are likely in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Dadu, Zhob, Ziarat, Barkhan, as well as, Loralai, Kohlu, Quetta, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Naseerabad, and Sibbi.

Possible Impact of the Monsoon

Heavy rains may cause urban flooding in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, and Faisalabad from the 2nd to the 4th of July.

In Karachi and Hyderabad, urban flooding is expected from the 3rd to the 5th of July. Fishermen are urged to exercise caution due to rough sea conditions from July 3rd to July 5th.

During the anticipated period, flash flooding is also likely in the local nullahs of Kashmir, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Naseerabad, Awaran, Barkhan, and Kohlu. In addition, heavy rains might cause landslides in Kashmir, Galliyat, and Murree.

Temperatures are expected to fall over the predicted timeframe. Windstorms can cause damage to unsecured buildings in sensitive areas. Rainwater would be good for rice crop seeding.

Additionally, During the projected time, travelers and visitors are recommended to exercise extreme caution.

National Disaster Management Authority

In the meantime, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed all federal, provincial, and subordinate agencies, including provincial, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir, and District Disaster Management authorities, take timely and precautionary measures to deal with any emergency.

In conclusion, the NDMA has also urged local emergency services departments to conduct large-scale public awareness campaigns. The campaigns to keep flood-prone populations, particularly those traveling to tourism sites, informed.