KARACHI, Sept 12: After the two-day rainy spell, which partly began on Friday evening and continued through Saturday and Sunday, no rain was reported from any part of the city on Monday with the mercury climbing to 37 degrees Centigrade and the weather turning hot, humid.
The Met office on Monday said that the weather would remain cloudy to partly cloudy with chances of thunderstorms and rain in the city during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature has been forecast to remain between 34 and 36 degrees Centigrade on Tuesday.
The metrological department has issued an advisory saying that in September monsoon rain are expected to remain above normal throughout the country. Heavy rain are expected in Sindh during the next 10 days, particularly in lower Sindh, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Badin and Tharparkar.
It said that a depression, which had developed over the Bay of Bengal and was moving slowly to northwest, was expected to enter Pakistan during this week resulting in rain in the next few days.
The director of the Karachi met office, Arif Mehmood, was reported as saying on Monday that the lower Sindh areas, particularly Karachi, Thatta, Badin and Mirpurkhas were likely to get heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, as a strong system had arrived from the Indian state of Gujarat and had surrounded these lower Sindh areas.
According to the Met office, Karachi had received more than 80mm of rain during the last two days —- 22mm on Saturday and 60mm on Sunday. Both the Malir and Lyari rivers had swollen to dangerous levels by Sunday afternoon. At least 11 people have lost their lives in rain-related accidents, including drownings and electrocutions.