Karachi sees first spell of winter showers

Published December 27, 2021
This image show vehicles on Karachi's Abdullah Haroon Road during a spell of winter rain on Monday. — APP
This image show vehicles on Karachi's Abdullah Haroon Road during a spell of winter rain on Monday. — APP
This image show rainwater accumulated at Kala Pul in Karachi. — APP
This image show rainwater accumulated at Kala Pul in Karachi. — APP
Cars travel through rainwater on the streets in Karachi on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
Cars travel through rainwater on the streets in Karachi on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
A view of Karachi as it rained early morning on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
A view of Karachi as it rained early morning on Monday. — DawnNewsTV

Karachi experienced its first spell of winter showers on Monday, with various areas of the city receiving light to heavy rain.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had previously predicted that a strong westerly weather system was likely to grip most parts of the country on Sunday and would possibly persist till Tuesday. Under the influence of the system, rain (with isolated heavy falls) was expected in most parts of the country including Sindh and Balochistan.

According to a fresh forecast issued by the Met department today, Quaidabad and Gulshan-i-Hadeed received the highest rainfall at 5millimetres each. Surjani Town received the next highest level at 4.5mm, while 4mm rain was recorded at Kemari and PAF Masroor Base. University Road received 3.8mm rainfall, Jinnah Terminal 3.4mm, North Karachi 3.2mm.

The forecast said the weather today will be "cloudy with intermittent rain and chances of a thunderstorm", whereas it will be "partly cloudy with chances of light rain" on Tuesday. However, "fair" or clear weather is expected to be back on Wednesday.

According to the forecast, a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 16°C is expected in Karachi today. Over the next two days, the metropolis will likely record a maximum temperature of 24°C and a minimum of 12°C.

'All power plants operational'

Meanwhile, the city's sole power utility Karachi Electric (KE) shared an update at 10:30am that all power plants were operational as per routine.

"Areas [where power supply has] been restored after rain include Gulshan-i-Askari, Rangers Headquarters, Scheme 33, Jiwani Heights, Sindhbad, PECHS Block 2 and 6, FB Area lock 7,12,15 and 18, Korangi Area among various others.

"Other areas that are also completely restored areas include Gulshan-i-Iqbal Block 10A, Gulistan-i-Johar Block 9 and 18, as well as some areas of Defence," the update said.

KE said restoration work was progressing swiftly in some parts of the city and the power supply will be restored shortly.

The power utility cautioned people to maintain a safe distance from electricity infrastructure and ensure taking safety precautions while using electronic appliances in case of rain.

Traffic update

Meanwhile, traffic police advised motorists to drive carefully as rainwater had been accumulated on the following arteries: Tibet Center towards Regal Chowk, Saeed Manzil and Gul Plaza; Club Chowk, Ankle Saria towards Tanker Chowrangi, Khajoor Chowk, Allah Wali Chowrangi towards Tariq road, MR Kiyani chowrangi, Jail road, FTC (Shahrah-e-Faisal) towards Nursery, Denso Hall towards Bolton Market, Regent Plaza towards Mehran Hotel, passport office and Gurumandir Chowk.

Similarly, the authorities said snarl-ups were seen at Shahrah-e-Faisal, Drigh Road, Jail Road, Gurumandir, Site Area, Club Chowk, Tibet Centre, Tower, Anklesaria Chowk, Hassan Square, FTC, Shaheen Complex, Lilly Bridge, Korangi bus stop, Soldier Bazar, Airport Road and Khajoor Chowk.

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