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No respite from punishing heatwave

Updated May 30, 2017

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An Indian man covers his face as drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said May 25. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions AFPHOTO/ Noah SEELAM
An Indian man covers his face as drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad on May 26, 2015. More than 430 people have died in two Indian states from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), officials said May 25. Officials warned the toll was almost certain to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions AFPHOTO/ Noah SEELAM

LAHORE: Turbat blazed for the second consecutive day, recording the highest ever temperature of 53 degrees centigrade, while Sibi faced around 51 degrees centigrade and Lasbela, 49.2 degrees centigrade.

The country’s plains continued to be gripped with a severe heatwave on Monday and several areas in Sindh and Balochistan experienced their hottest ever recorded temperatures.

The highest temperature recorded in Sindh was 46 degrees centigrade in Hyderabad and Jacobabad, followed by Moenjodaro at 45.5 degrees centigrade, Nawabshah at 45 degrees centigrade and Karachi at 38.2 degrees centigrade.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, too, reeled under the severe heatwave with the highest temperature, 43 degrees centigrade, recorded in its capital Peshawar. It was followed by 42 degrees centigrade in Risalpur, 41.4 in Bannu and 41 in Kamrah.

The highest temperature recorded in the Punjab was in Kot Addu tehsil — 45.2 degrees centigrade — while the temperature in Lahore was around 39 degrees centigrade.

The Meteorological Office has forecast a thunderstorm with light showers in some areas of Kashmir and in Punjab’s Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore division in the next 24 hours as a result of a combination of weather systems entering these areas from the north-east, and some locally developed waves from Tuesday night. There will, however, be no respite for most areas in Sindh and Balochistan.

Published in Dawn, May 30th, 2017