RAWALPINDI: More rains are expected in the country, including Rawalpindi and Islamabad, from Tuesday (today) that will continue for a day or two.

The Met Office said another strong westerly wave was likely to enter Pakistan from March 21 and would grip most parts of the country on March 22.

Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain-wind/thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected in Quetta, Zhob, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Dera Bugti, Barkhan, Harnai, Chaman, Pishin, Qilla Saifullah, Qilla Abdullah, Dalbandin, Nokkundi, Panjgur, Kalat, Gwadar, Lasbela and Makran Coast from March 21 (evening/night) to March 24.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, widespread rain-wind/thundershower with scattered heavy falls (isolated hailstorm) is expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Haripur, Karak, Peshawar, Kohat, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Mohmand, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan from March 21 to March 24.

In Kashmir, widespread rain-wind/thunderstorm (with scattered heavy falls and hailstorm) is expected in Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhnoti, Kotli, Bhimber and Mirpur. A similar spell is expected in Diamer, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche and Shigar in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Widespread rain-wind/thundershower with scattered heavy falls (isolated hailstorm) are also expected in Murree, Galiyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Toba Tek Singh, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar, Layyah, Kot Addu, Multan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahimyar Khan, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Okara and Kasur from March 21 to 24th. Scattered rain-wind-dust/thunderstorm with isolated hailstorm is expected in Sukkur, Jacobabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Mithi, Thatta, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Dadu and Karachi from March 21 to 23.

The Met Office warned that landslides may occur in hilly areas of KP, GB, Kashmir, Murree and Galliyat during the forecast period.Day temperature is likely to fall significantly during the spell.

Published in Dawn, March 21st, 2023

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