KARACHI: Many areas of the city received heavy to moderate downpour on Tuesday.

The Met office said that Gadap received maximum rainfall i.e. 98.4 millimetres, or 3.87 inches, followed by Kaemari (44mm), Orangi Town and Saadi Town (43mm each), Saddar (37mm) and PAF Masroor Base (32mm).

Other areas include Quaidabad (21mm), Nazimabad (19.6mm), University Road Met Office (17.5mm), PAF Faisal Base (16.8mm), Airport old area and Gulshan-i-Hadeed (13mm each), Surjani Town (12mm), Jinnah Terminal and North Karachi (9.4mm each), Gulshan-i-Maymar (10mm), DHA Phase II (6.5mm) and Korangi received 4.6mm rain.

The Met office has forecast widespread rain-thunderstorms with scattered heavy /very heavy falls (extremely heavy at times) in several districts till Aug 19.

In its daily advisory, the department stated that a “fresh monsoon low-pressure area lies over central India with its trough extending up to Rajasthan, which is likely to affect eastern Sindh”.

Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain-thunderstorms with scattered heavy /very heavy falls (extremely heavy at times), accompanied with occasional strong winds are likely to occur in Karachi and many other parts of Sindh till Aug 19.

The continuing wet spell over northeastern and southern districts of Balochistan is expected to become intense during Aug 18-20 which may trigger flash flooding in Dadu, Jamshoro, Kambar Shahdadkot districts and downstream.

Sea conditions are likely to remain rough and fishermen are advised to remain careful while in deep sea, it added.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2022

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