RAWALPINDI: With temperature in the twin cities dropping to 33 degrees, more rain along with hailstorm has been predicted from Monday (today) which will last till Wednesday.

According to the advisory released by the Met Office, the new rain spell might trigger landslides in vulnerable areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Heavy falls may generate flash flooding in local nullahs and rivers of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and northeast Balochistan, it stated, adding that windstorms might damage loose structures. Travellers have been advised to remain extra cautious during the forecast period and avoid unnecessary journeys.

A strong weather system is likely to enter upper and central parts of the country on Monday. Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain and strong winds with isolated hailstorms are expected in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Chitral, Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Waziristan), Punjab (Rawalpindi, Murree, Galyat, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Hafizabad, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Kasur, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar and Multan ), Kashmir (Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur, Poonch, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian, Muzaffarabad and Neelum Valley), Gilgit-Baltistan (Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamer, Hunza and Skardu) and northeast Balochistan (Zhob, Sherani, Musa Khel, Kohlu and Barkhan).

Winds and rain is expected in Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Karachi, Dera Bugti, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Lasbela and Khuzdar from June 21 (evening/night) to June 22.

Meanwhile, 4mm of rain was recorded in Shamsabad, 5mm at Chaklala in Rawalpindi while 4mm was recorded in Zero Point, 11mm in Saidpur, 4mm in Bokra and 7mm in Golra in Islamabad.

Published in Dawn, June 20th, 2022

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