KARACHI, Aug 26: The monsoon may pass off this year without rains in the city. The director-general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Dr Qamaruzzaman Chaudhry, told Dawn on Monday that this year the monsoon had an early beginning in the last week of June.

“Generally the monsoon starts in the first week of July and ends in the second week of September. However, there is a remote possibility of intermittent rains in the first week of September,” he said, adding that currently there was no weather system in sight which could cause heavy rains in the city.

The Met office announced on Friday that traces of rainfall had been reported from Karachi Airport, PAF Masroor. It added that the weather remained hot and dry in the southern region of the country.

According to the Met Office, the maximum and minimum temperatures on Friday were 32 degrees Centigrade and 27 degrees Centigrade.

According to the Met office forecast, it will be partly cloudy on Saturday, with temperature in the vicinity of 34 degrees Centigrade.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department director-general said monsoon currents were quite weak this year.

He recalled that except for a few cities like Lahore, no region received monsoon rains.

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