KARACHI: With Jacobabad district becoming the hottest spot in the country registering 51 degrees Celsius, two more districts — Dadu and Larkana — recorded above 50 degrees Celsius and another one — Sukkur — a little below the mark as the rest of the interior of Sindh, barring a few southern districts, sizzled at above 45 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

According to the Met office, the highest temperature of 51 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jacobabad followed by Dadu (50.8) Larkana [at Moenjodaro] (50.5), Sukkur and Larkana city (49.5), Rohri (48.5), Nawabshah and Padidan (47.5), Hyderabad (46.5), Chhor (46.4), Mithi (46) and Mirpurkhas (45.5). The areas where the temperature remained below 45 degrees Celsius were Sakrand (44), Badin (43.5), Thatta (42.5) and Karachi (38.4).

Responding to Dawn’s queries, a Met official said that the mercury in Karachi slid by 7.6 degrees Celsius in a day as against Wednesday’s 46 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in the port city was recorded at 29 degrees Celsius with the level of humidity (or amount of moisture in the atmosphere) being 39 per cent in the morning and 65 per cent in the evening.

He forecast that the maximum temperature in the metropolis was expected to remain between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius on Friday.

The official said that the entire province remained enveloped in the continental winds-propelled heatwave. Hot or very hot and dry weather was expected to persist across the interior of Sindh on Friday, he added.

Sindh remained the hottest place in the country in the entire month of May. Out of 31 days of the month, 23 recorded extremely hot weather conditions with Larkana, Moenjodaro Nawabshah, Dadu, Sukkur, Mithi and Chhor registering higher temperatures than other cities and towns.

Published in Dawn, June 1st, 2018

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